Senegal’s Fatma Samoura will next week Monday assume her new role as FIFA Secretary General after she passed the eligibility check conducted by the football governing body’s independent Review Committee.
New FIFA secretary General Fatma Samoura smiles during the regional security summit on Boko Haramon May 14, 2016 in Abuja. Photo: ANP/AFP Pius Utomi Ekpei
Senegal’s Fatma Samoura will next week Monday assume her new role as FIFA Secretary General after she passed the eligibility check conducted by the independent Review Committee.
The FIFA Council last month appointed Samoura as its Secretary General to replace Jérôme Valcke, from France who served from 2007 to 2015.
With the historic appointment, Samoura became the first African and first woman to hold the position. The appointment was hailed by many across the world, welcomed as a part of the progressive reforms, which can help restore the image and integrity of the beleaguered organisation.
FIFA has been blighted by corruption scandals and there have been calls for greater transparency in how the organisation is run.
Samoura has extensive experience having worked with the United Nations (UN) for 21 years in various capacity. Prior to the FIFA appointment, the 54 year-old was the UN’s Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria, and she also worked as the UN senior logistics officer with the World Food Programme in Rome.