Following the FIFA Congress on 31 May, the first woman has been elected to the FIFA EXCO: Lydia Nsekera. She is the 25th member and will serve a four-year term starting immediately.
Nsekera has received the most votes out of the three women that presented themselves to the elections. The two other, Moya Dodd (Australia) and Sonia Bien-Aime (Turks and Caicos), will also join her as co-opted members, for one year.
President of the Fédération de Football du Burundi since 2004 and a member of the International Olympic Committee since 2009, Nsekera was already the first woman to be co-opted onto the FIFA Executive Committee for one year in 2012.
“I will inspire women to believe they can lead and I will support women in member associations,” Nsekera said, according to BBC.