(WFI) Lydia Nsekera, the first woman to be elected to FIFA’s exective committee, has been ousted as president of the Burundi Football Association.
She lost to Reverien Ndikuriyo, 31 votes to 25, in what FIFA called a “fair and transparent” election. The election had been delayed since February due to infighting within the association.
Nsekera, who had led the federation since 2004, was the only female national football federation leader until 2012 when Sierra Leone elected a woman to head its own association.
The 46-year-old was co-opted by FIFA as the first woman to join the ExCo at the governing body’s congress in 2012.
At the May FIFA Congress in Mauritius, she was elected by 209 member federations to serve a four-year executive committee term.
Despite defeat in the elections, FIFA told INSIDER that Nsekera, also an IOC member since 2009, would remain in that position until May 2017.
“Lydia Nsekera is elected by the congress and will therefore keep her seat in the executive committee,” a FIFA spokesman said.
Ndikuriyo is a senator in Burundi’s upper house in Parliament. He is known for being a former rebel fighter and the former governor of Makamba. He is also the president of the Burundian football team “Black Eagle” in the country’s second division.
Confederation of Afrian Football president Issa Hayatou congratulated the new Burundi FA leader.
“On my behalf, the CAF Executive Committee and African football family, I congratulate the new elected executives of the Burundi Football Federation,” said Hayatou in a statement on the CAF website.
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
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