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Biography Of Lydia Nsekera, The First Female President Of Football

Biography Of Lydia Nsekera


Biography Of Lydia Nsekera: The President of the Burundi Football Federation (FFB), Lydia Nsekera, served in that position from 2004 until 2013. She has even more experience since she has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 2009.

Currently, she serves as the head of the International Olympic Committee’s Women in Sports Commission. Lydia Nsekera is also known as the “First Lady of Football” since she was the first woman to play the sport. Lydia’s accomplishments in the world of sports have drawn the attention of the entire world, including Forbes. Forbes magazine included her on its list of the 50 most influential women in Africa in March 2020.

Lydia Nsekera’s Professional Background

Biography Of Lydia Nsekera: She was born on April 20, 1967, in Burundi, to a member of one of the country’s royal families. She was raised by her father, who was the previous president of a local soccer club. Lydia was raised by her mother when her father was arrested and sentenced to jail.

Nsekera graduated with honors from the University of Burundi in 1992 with a degree in Economics and Administrative Sciences. In 2003, she lost her husband to cancer which made her a single mother to two boys.


Lydia Nsekera’s Professional Life

Biography Of Lydia Nsekera: she used to work in the auto repair industry around a decade ago. In 2002, she served as the company’s director, which was Garage Tanganyika Cars. Prior to that, she worked as an Internal Auditor at Brasserie et Limonaderie du Burundi from 1994 to 2001, where she gained valuable experience.

In 2012, she became the first woman to be co-opted into the FIFA council for a one-year term, making her the first female member of the FIFA council. Following that, in 2013, she was re-elected to a full four-year term in office. Lydia is the first female footballer to accomplish this feat in the history of the FIFA World Cup. Consequently, she was dubbed “The First Lady of Football.”

She sprang into action as soon as she returned from her appointment. Within a year, she had put in place a league system that has now been put on hold for three consecutive seasons due to lack of participation.

Prior to that, she served as Vice-President of the Burundi Women’s Football Committee, where she was instrumental in the establishment of the country’s first national women’s league.


Sports Administration Of Lydia Nsekera Serves

  • Member of the Atletico Olympic Football Club national men’s league (2000-2007)
  • Women and Sport Commission (2001-2006)
  • Leader of a women’s Football club (2001-2015)
  • President of the Burundi Football Federation (2004-2013)
  • Member of the Organising Committee of the 5th African women’s football championships, 2006
  • A Member of the Organising Committee of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Olympic Football Tournaments (2006-2016)
  • Member of the Women’s Football Commission of the African Football Confederation (CAF) (2006-2012)
  • A member of the Executive Committee of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (2007-2011)
  • Member of the Organising Committee of the FIFA World Cup, Chile, 2008
  • A member of the Organising Committee of the Olympic football tournaments in Beijing, 2008
  • Member (2011-2013), then President (2013-2016) of the Women’s World Cup Commission; co-opted (2012)
  • Elected by the FIFA Congress as FIFA Executive Committee Member, 2013
  • Vice President of the FIFA Development Committee, 2017
  • Member of the FIFA Foundation Board
  • A member of the Executive Committee of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) (2014-2018)
  • Member of the Burundi NOC Executive Bureau (2006-2017)
  • President of the Burundi NOC, 2017
  • Member of the Burundi National Olympic Committee (NOC)
  • Honour President (2007-2013) and Vice President (2014)
  • The Women’s Football and Futsal Commission of the African Football Federation (CAF)
  • Executive Committee of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations

Lydia Nsekera International Olympic Committee (IOC) History

  • Member (2010-2014), then Chair (2014-2015) of the Women and Sport Commission
  • Chair of the Women in Sport Commission, 2015
  • Member of Radio and Television (2011-2014), Marketing (2014-2015), Coordination for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 (2013), Communications (2015)
  • Member of Evaluation for the Youth Olympic Games 2022 (2018), Coordination for the Games of XXXIV Olympiad Los Angeles 2028 (2019)

Accolades and commendations

  • One of the FIFA representatives at the medal presentations for women’s football at the Games of the Olympiad, Beijing 2008
  • Nominated by the Bujumbura Mayor as one of the 10 best women workers of 2008
  • Winner of the IOC Women and Sports Award, 2009
  • Named to the Order of the Peoples Friendship of the Republic of Burundi, 2012
  • Named by Presidential Decree to the Council of National Orders and Honours of the Republic of Burundi, 2018





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