Lydia Nsekera, the first female member of the executive committee of Fifa, soccer’s international governing body, to have full voting rights, has been ousted as president of the Burundi Football Association.
Nsekera lost to Reverien Ndikuriyo, a parliamentary senator, by 31 votes to 25 by in a poll held on Sunday.
She had led the BFA since 2004, as one of the few women presidents in world soccer.
In Fifa's first-ever election for a female representative in May, Nsekera received 95 votes to finish ahead of Moya Dodd of Australia, with 70 votes, and Sonia Bien-Aime, of the Turks and Caicos Islands, with 38 votes.
Fifa said Nsekera will serve out her four-year term on the executive board, despite losing her national power base.
In addition to her Fifa executive committee role, Nsekera has been a member of Fifa committees for women's soccer, the Women's World Cup and the organising committee for the Olympic soccer tournaments.
She has also been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 2009.