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#AFCON23: “It Was An Honour To Represent Women Referees In Africa” – Bouchra Karboubi



After brilliantly taking cost of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 ultimate Group A match between Guinea-Bissau and Nigeria, Bouchra Karboubi made historical past by becoming a member of Rwanda’s Salima Mukansanga who was the lady to officiate a TotalEnergies CAF AFCON match in Cameroon three years in the past.

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Chatting with CAFOnline on Thursday, 25 January, the Moroccan worldwide shares her distinctive expertise of officiating at Africa’s greatest soccer occasion.

How did it really feel to be the primary girl to referee a match on this competitors?

Refereeing this match was an honor for me. Over the last AFCON, I used to be the primary girl to do VAR, I used to be within the ultimate and on this AFCON, I’m a central referee. It was a satisfaction for me to characterize African girls and to characterize refereeing in Africa.

What was your response after understanding that you simply had been designated for this assembly?

After I discovered, the emotion was huge. I used to be glad, I’m not saying there was no stress, however the stress stops as quickly as we kick off. So, it was a satisfaction for me to characterize African girls typically.

Are you able to inform us about your match?

The Guinea Bissau – Nigeria match was a critical problem for me. We needed to present that we’re right here, the primary girls’s referee trio. So, we had no room for error as a result of we did our greatest to reside as much as the belief that CAF positioned in us.

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What did you are taking from this achievement?

It’s true that we acquired congratulated all over the place. We had been very glad particularly with the three girls for with the ability to present that we might be there and that we are able to have the identical competitiveness as the boys. It wasn’t straightforward however we had been in a position to present that we might be there and that we are able to do it.


Is your appointment proof that the CAF Referees Division is doing good work for the event of girls’s refereeing in Africa?

It’s sure that the CAF refereeing division is basically doing a superb job to develop girls’s refereeing in Africa. The truth that we’re right here, that we’re officiating such matches exhibits the fruit of the work that they’re doing.

What if you happen to had a message for younger ladies who have a look at this and are amazed?

I’ll inform younger ladies who’ve a ardour, who’ve a aim, to work, to by no means surrender as a result of every path has its personal challenges, and we should not surrender. We should proceed and with the grace of God, we are able to get the place we need to go.

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