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Mr. Kurt Okraku President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), has been appointed as an Executive Committee member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to help in the development of football in Africa.

The GFA president was appointed among five others to serve on the team of the football governing body to help in managing their affairs.

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Mr. Okraku, who has contributed to African football for some time now, being appointed as the president of the West Africa Union of Football (WAFU) Zone B Championship and also gaining his recent appointment as a CAF committee member.

The decision to appoint these hardworking officials of which the GFA president was part, was taken by the president of CAF, Dr. Patrice Motsepe.

The GFA President has contributed to Ghana football and the continent at large after setting up a committee to help the Black Stars of Ghana book a qualification to the World Cup, and also helping the Black Princesses qualify to the World Cup tournament in Costa Rica with the Black Maidens also on the verge of qualifying to the World Cup in India.

The GFA would seek to attain higher heights after former president of the Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned as CAF Vice President in 2018.

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Hearts, Eleven Wonders game postponed after Ghana Health Service advice

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, Hearts, Eleven Wonders game postponed after Ghana Health Service advice, GlitzEmpireThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) has postponed the match-day 30 encounter between Eleven Wonders and Hearts of Oak, slated for Monday, May 23, 2022.

The postponement comes after the Ghana Health Service (GHS) advised the GFA to reschedule the encounter, as it was still investigating an illness outbreak in the Hearts of Oak camp, of which 19 players have been reportedly affected.

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The Phobians were dealt a huge blow earlier in the week, with some key players being hospitalized due to an unknown illness.

Regardless of the unfortunate turn of events, Hearts managed to secure a 1-0 victory against Bibiani Gold Stars in a match-day 29 encounter.

A social media post from Accra Hearts of Oak said: Our match against Eleven Wonders has been postponed following an advice from the GHS.

“According to the GHS they are still investigating the cause of the illness that has affected the Hearts of Oak team.”

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Rwandan referee Salima Mukansanga has become the first African woman selected to officiate at the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup.

Born on July 25, 1988, the 33-year-old international referee hails from the Rusizi district in the Western Region of Rwanda.

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Being a basketball player, she was told she was too small to join the national under-17 team, which made her shift focus on football instead.

Focusing on football, the referee targeted a different side of football, not to be a footballer, but a referee to officiate games.

The 33-year-old had the desire to officiate during her early stage of life, as she showed more interest in watching the one making decisions on the field of play than the ones playing the game.

She was rejected by the Rwandan Football Federation (RFF) to join a referee course to begin her career due to her age.

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Mukansanga kept her head up till she officiated her first match during her final year in St Vincent de Paul Musanze secondary school which unlocked her career path of greatness.

After completing secondary school, the international referee took time to get to know more about the game called football, its rules before being given the opportunity to study with other referees.

She began to officiate matches in her hometown before moving to amateur players, and then eventually worked her way up through the local football, starting with second division men’s games.

However, in 2004, she was assigned the centre referee, her first time to take up the role during the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Women’s Championship battle between Zambia and Tanzania.

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Due to her outstanding performance, she was promoted to become a CAF licensed referee in 2012 to begin officiating all over Africa, officiating most of the men league matches in Rwanda as a fourth referee.

Mukansanga’s growth in her field was quite tremendous as she rose to the highpoint of her career in 2014, after she got the chance to officiate her first international match as a centre referee in the 2014 African Women’s Championship match between Zambia and Tanzania.

The Rwandan referee aside officiating the Women’s 2014 African Championship, went on to officiate other men’s tournaments, that was the 2016 African Women’s Cup of Nations and the Women’s World Cup in France in 2019 which gave her the recognition she had been waiting for, putting Rwanda on the world map.

The female referee handled the opener of the 2015 All African Games between Nigeria and Tanzania in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo and was also in charge of the semi-final clash between Ghana and Ivory Coast.

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She made history once again in January this year of becoming the first woman to officiate at the men’s African Cup of Nations tournament (AFCON), officiating the Zimbabwe and Guinea game which ended 2-1.

Referee Salima Mukansanga would be among the 36 referees and 69 assistant referees who would journey to the 2022 Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Men’s World Cup tournament in Qatar.

Being the only African Woman among the three selected women, the international referee is now a household name in Rwanda with most male and female referees now looking up to her.

By Francis O. Quansah

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