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FIFA groundbreaker loses national power

Lydia Nsekera, who in May created history by being elected as the first female member of FIFA’s executive committee, has lost her position as president of the Burundi Football Association (BFA).

Nsekera led the BFA since 2004, but elections saw her defeated by 31 votes to 25 by parliamentary senator Reverien Ndikuriyo. Elections, delayed since February, were reportedly stalled by fighting between the rival contenders for the post, with Ndikuriyo backed by the ruling party.

A member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Nsekera is also on the Independent Governance Committee (IGC) set up in 2011 to tackle corruption within world football’s governing body. She was also a member of FIFA’s organising committee for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic football tournaments.

Nsekera, who had also served an interim one-year term as a co-opted member of FIFA’s executive committee, secured a four-year term as the 25th member of the body at the FIFA Congress in Mauritius earlier this year. Her exit from the BFA will not affect her position on FIFA’s executive committee.