The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the selection of a total of 40 referees selected to officiate at the TotalEnergies Morocco 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, including 6 Moroccans.
These are 16 referees, 16 assistant referees and eight video assistant referees (VAR), from 24 countries, CAF said in a statement, explaining that the selection was carried out according to a rigorous process, which began with 226 women referees evaluated during this period. “The mission of CAF is to raise the standard of refereeing in Africa and to train world-class referees”.
The Moroccan referees selected to officiate during this competition which will take place from July 2 to 23, 2022 in the cities of Rabat and Casablanca, are Bouchra Karboubi as main referee, Hamdi Soukaina and Fatiha Jarmoumi as assistant referees, as well as Samir Guezzaz, Fatimazzahra El Ajjani and Zakaria Brinsi as VAR referees.
Moroccan Bouchra Karboubi participated in the last African Cup of Nations (CAN) in Cameroon, becoming the first Arab referee to officiate at a senior African Cup. Alongside her fellow citizen Fatiha Jarmoumi, she brilliantly officiated several meetings of this CAN.
The list of selected referees also includes Rwandan Salima Mukansanga, who made AFCON history during the last edition in Cameroon, becoming the first woman to referee a match in the competition. She was recently selected as the continent’s only female referee for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“Africa has made serious progress in the development of female referees,” CAF referee director Eddy Maillet said in the statement, adding that this final list currently includes the best on the continent.
“It took us a long time to get here. The many courses and trainings we organized helped us to make the final decision,” he continued.
A preparation course for all the referees of the competition will be organized from June 25 in Rabat.
The opening match of the TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations will oppose Morocco to Burkina Faso on July 2 at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Complex in Rabat.