Fifa has appointed the first woman to its executive committee as world football’s governing body bids to restore its image after a series of corruption scandals.
Lydia Nsekera, president of the Burundi Football Association, has been co-opted onto the executive committee and will be formally installed at the Fifa Congress in Budapest on Friday, Fifa said in a statement.
Nsekera is already a member of Fifa committees for women’s football, the women’s World Cup and the organising committee for the Olympic football tournaments.
Remembering the region
"This is the first time that we have had a Fifa executive committee member from the east and central Africa (Cecafa) region.
"I would like to congratulate Fifa president Sepp Blatter for the appointment," Football Kenya Federation (FKF) chairman Sam Nyamweya said on Tuesday.
"Nyamweya was recently appointed to Fifa’s Under-17 World Cup committee and also to the African Football Confederation’s ethics and fair play committee.
"Fifa is finally remembering our region. Lydia is a hard worker and she deserves the appointment," added Nyamweya who was scheduled to leave last night for the Fifa Congress.
Cecafa secretary-general Nicholas Musonye said: "Lydia has been a member of the Cecafa executive committee for the last four years and her contribution has been enormous.
"I would like to congratulate her personally and also congratulate Fifa for the appointment.
Audit and Compliance Committee
"I would like to ask other women in the region to work hard and join her at the top of global football management.
"We are happy that Fifa have honoured Cecafa with this appointment to the highest football office in the world – we shall offer her all the support."
As part of the effort to tackle corruption in football, Domenico Scala has also been appointed as the independent chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee.
The appointment of Scala, who is a Swiss and Italian citizen, will be also submitted to the Congress for ratification.
Meanwhile, six cities were also approved to host the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil – Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro, Recife and Salvador – although concerns remain about building work to revamp stadium venues.
Fifa indicated that they had a contingency plan should host cities not be ready in time.