World football governing body, FIFA, on Thursday selected 18 referees from the African continent to officiate the Qatar 2022 World Cup slated in November to December later this year.

A total of 36 referees, 69 assistants and 24 VAR referees were selected at this year FIFA World Cup edition in Qatar with 6 referees, 10 assistants and 2 VAR referees selected from the African continent.

Four of the 6 referees selected are among the 10 referees who officiated the African Qualifiers of the 2022 World Cup Play-offs in March 2022.

Rwanda referee, Salim also make history as FIFA selected female referees for the first time in the men’s World Cup’s 92-year history.

Stephanie Frappart {France}, Salima Mukansanga {Rwanda}, and Yoshimi Yamashita {Japan} are the three female referees that will have the chance to officiate during the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

Leading the list of Africa’s finest match officials to handle games at the global soccer jamboree is Gambian referee, Papa Gassama, others are South African Victor Gomez, Rwanda female referee Mukansanga Salima.

Full list of appointed African referees:


  • Mustapha Ghorba – Algeria
  • Papa Bakary Gassama – Gambia
  • Mukansanga Salima – Rwanda
  • Victor Gomez – South Africa
  • Janny Sikazwe – Zambia
  • Maguette N’diaye – Senegal

Assistant Referees:

  • Abdouelregal Mohammed – Egypt
  • Camara Djibril – Senegal
  • Noupe Elvis – Cameroon
  •  Dos Santos Jerson – Angola
  • Marengule Arsenio – Mozambique
  • Phatsoane Souru – Lesotho
  • Gourari Mokrane – Algeria
  • Etchiali Abdelhak – Algeria
  • Samba El Hadji – Senegal
  • Siwela Zakhele – South Africa

VAR Referees:

  • Jiyed Redouane – Morocco
  • Zourak Adil – Morocco