Wednesday, May 30, 2012

FIFA's Lydia Nsekera

Burundi's Lydia Nsekera has entered the history books after becoming the first woman co-opted onto FIFA's Executive Committee last week.

Nsekera, 45, is the only woman in charge of a national federation thanks to her role as president of the Burundi Football Federation (FFB) and was already a member of FIFA committees for women's football, the women's World Cup and the organising committee for Olympic football tournaments.

This latest appointment is just the next step in Nsekera's groundbreaking career.

Her rise to prominence has been remarkable -- she took over the running of a garage left to her by her husband after his death in 2003 before breaking into the "terribly macho" world of Burundian football.

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