FIFA board member Nsekera loses Burundi election

FIFA executive committee member Lydia Nsekera has been ousted as

president of the football federation in her home country

Burundi.

The Burundi federation on Sunday announced Nsekera’s 31-25

defeat by Reverien Ndikuriyo, a parliamentary senator, hours after

the poll was held.

”A new president was elected in a fair and transparent

process,” FIFA said in a statement on Monday. Observers from

football’s world governing body and the African confederation

attended the election meeting in Bujumbura.

Nsekera will continue to serve her FIFA term through May 2017

despite losing her national power base.

She had led the Burundi federation since 2004 as one of the few

women presidents in the history of world football.

In 2012, she was co-opted by FIFA as the first woman to join its

ruling board.

In May, she was elected by FIFA member countries at their

congress to serve a four-year executive committee term.

Nsekera has also been a member of the International Olympic

Committee since 2009.