Friday, May 31, 2013

Historic moment: FIFA elects Burundi's Lydia Nsekera as first woman executive

Burundi FA chief Lydia Nsekera has been elected as the first woman to FIFA’s Executive Committee. The 46-year-old Executive will serve a four-year term on the committee after winning the vote at the FIFA congress in Mauritius. This is indeed a proud moment for women everywhere as HER election is coming after nearly 109 years of the governing body history, Nsekera became the first woman in history in the Executive committee today. 

She collected a total 95 of the 203 votes ahead of Australian Moya Dodd and Sonia Bien-Aime, of Turks and Caicos Islands.

Speaking right after the elections, Nsekera told BBC Sport: "I am very happy to be the first woman elected. It is important for Africa, it is important for Burundi, it is important for women.
"In the executive committee, we work as a team, but personally I will carry on working in order to have more women as coaches in grassroots football.
"I will push for more women to be elected and ask parents to let their daughters play football

Nsekera also said: "I will inspire women to believe they can lead and I will support women in member associations."