Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura is the new FIFA Secretary General and the first woman to ever hold th...
Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura is the new FIFA Secretary General and the first woman to ever hold the post.
The Senegalese, with 21 years experience working at the United Nations is currently the UN’s Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and also the UNDP coordinator, based in Nigeria.
The FIFA website disclosed that, “Fatma is a woman with international experience and vision who has worked on some of the most challenging issues of our time.
And FIFA President Gianni Infantino added, She has a proven ability to build and lead teams, and improve the way organisations perform.
“Importantly for FIFA, she also understands that transparency and accountability are at the heart of any well-run and responsible organisation.”
The 51-year-old would still have to undergo FIFA’s integrity and eligibility checks.
Samoura speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian – a strength that would definitely have raised her profile in the race for the prestigeous post.
She told fifa.com: “Today is a wonderful day for me, and I am honoured to take on the role of FIFA’s Secretary General.
“I believe this role is a perfect fit for my skills and experience – strategic, high impact team building in international settings – which I will use to help grow the game of football all over the world.
“I also look forward to bringing my experience in governance and compliance to bear on the important reform work that is already underway at FIFA. FIFA is taking a fresh approach to its work – and I am eager to play a role in making that approach as effective and lasting as possible,” she added.
As required under FIFA rules, Samoura will undergo an eligibility check as contained in Article 37 of the FIFA Statutes before she can resume in June.