33 referees, 55 assistants and 19 video match officials have been appointed by the soccer world government without a Nigerian on the list.
The development marked the continuation of the trend for Nigerian referees to miss refereeing opportunities on the world stage.
Compared to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, which had only 2 referees from Africa, the expanded women’s showpiece in Australia and New Zealand will host four referees.
Referees selected by the CAF region for the 2023 Women’s World Cup
One of them will be Mukansanga, who made history last year as the first African female referee to play a role in the Men’s World Cup.
Vincentia Amedome (TOG)Bouchra Karboubi (MAR) Akhona Makalima (RSA) Salima Mukansanga (RWA).
Other African referees for the 2023 Women’s World Cup
FIFA has also selected eight other CAF referees to participate in the Women’s World Cup scheduled to be played in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20, 2023.
Adil Zourak from Morocco will serve as Video Assistant Referee (VAR) of the eight assistant referees Adil Zourak from Morocco will serve as Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
Assistant referees: Carine Atezambong (CMR) Diana Chikotesha (ZAM) Soukaina Hamdi (MAR) Fatiha Jermoumi (MAR) Fanta Kone (MLI) Mary Njoroge (KEN) Queency Victoire (MRI) VAR: Adil Zourak (MAR).
Super Falcons will play the first game on July 21
Having previously been drawn into Group B of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, Nigeria will launch their campaign on July 21 against Canada at Melbourne’s Rectangular Stadium.
Six days later, the Super Falcons take on co-hosts Australia at Brisbane Park, before concluding their group stage fixtures with a final match at the same venue against the Republic of Ireland on July 31.