Renowned DR Congo lawyer, Bestine Kazadi, has made history by becoming the first ever woman to be elected as President of AS Vita Club after she clinched the top seat during the club’s elective General Assembly on July 1 in Kinshasa.
Kazadi, a special advisor on cooperation to DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi, managed 38 out of a possible 72 votes to rise to the top of the club’s leadership. She is the daughter of the late Pierre Kazadi Tshishishi, also a former Chairman of Vita Club’s Supreme Council.
Her closest challenger, Eugène Diomi Ndongala managed 32 votes. She takes over from Gabriel Amisi Kumba and will be in charge of raising the team’s profile to compete with other top clubs in the country and the continent for a period of four years.
Frank Likuli was meanwhile elected as the club’s new General Secretary and will be assisted by Jean de Dieu Kipepe. National Congolese Television Journalist Lenzo Christine earned 38 votes to ascend to the seat of treasurer.
Delou Mulumba, Baye NTita Richard, Mapamboli Poze and Mbonde Mange Maria have been elected to the club’s Executive Committee.
Kazadi’s election comes as a huge boost to women’s football in the continent especially barely hours after the CAF Executive Committee resolved to start a Women’s Champions League tournament from 2021.