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Rwandan referee Twagirumukiza makes the final cut for Total Afcon U-17 Tournament

Posted on Apr 12 2019

Rwandan center referee Abdul Karim Twagirumukiza made the final cut of 27 referees and assistant referees who will handle the Total U-17 Africa Cup of Nations Tanzania 2019 scheduled to start on Sunday in Dar es Salaam.

A trailblazing decision will for the first time see women referees handling games of the opposite sex on the continent, debuting at the Total U-17 Africa Cup of Nations Tanzania 2019.

The historic decision will also give women match officials a larger platform to expose their talents and also gain experience at the competitive level considering the limited matches and competitions, which often affects their progress and development.

After undergoing a preparation workshop in Rabat, Morocco from 31 March to 4 April 2019 to fine-tune for the tournament which included fifteen (15) referees and 14 assistant referees from 25 Member Associations, Twagirumukiza made it to the final list which included 13 center referees and 14 assistant referees.

Twagirumukiza has been an international referee since 2012 and is currently in his seventh season as a top flight referee.

In line with that, the trailblazers’ women quartet of Tanzanian referee Jonesia Rukyaa Kabakama, and assistant referees’ Mary Wanjiru Njoroge (Kenya) and Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (Madagascar) made the final list.

For the final tournament, host Tanzania, Nigeria, Angola and Uganda are in Group A, while Guinea, Cameroon, Morocco and Senegal institute Group B. The semi-finalists will qualify to represent the continent at the FIFA U-17 World Cup at a yet to be confirmed venue.

Twagirumukiza being picked for the Total Afcon U-17 Tournament is another plus for the Rwandan referee colleges after having representatives in the 2019 CAF U-20 Tournament which was held in Niger last month where Ishimwe Claude was among the match officials and woman referee Salma Mukansanga who is lined up for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Tournament.

Final Referees for Total Afcon U-17 Tournament
Referees: Boukhalfa Nabil (Algeria), Blaise Yuven Ngwa (Cameroon), Mahrous Ahmed (Egypt), Mogos Teklu Tsegay (Eritrea), Atcho Pierre (Gabon), Huraywidah Abdulwahid (Libya), Andofetra Rakotojaona (Madagascar), Samir Guezzaz (Morocco), Dahane Beida (Mauritania), Twagirumukiza Abdul Karim (Rwanda), Issa Sy (Senegal), Kabakama Jonesia Rukyaa (Tanzania) and Ssali Mashood (Uganda).

Assistant Referees: Ayimavo Ayamir Eric (Benin), Sanou Habib (Burikina Faso), Brahim Ahmar Adam (Chad), Salah Abdi Mohamed (Djibouti), Nouha Bangoura (Senegal), Youssef Wahid (Egypt), Mary Wanjiru Njoroge (Kenya), Rakotozafinoro Lidwine (Madagascar), Dos Reis Montenegro Miro (Sao Tome and Priciple), James Emile (Seychelles), Ahmed Omar Hamid (Sudan), Mkono Mohamed (Tanzania), Hassan Khalil (Tunisia), Thomas Kusosa (Zimbabwe).

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