African Woman, Fatma Samoura Appointed Fifa Secretary General.

An African lady from Senegal, Fatma Samoura has been appointed to run Fifa, the body that governs world football. The historic appointment was made at the FIFA congress in Mexico City.

For the last 21 years, Ms Samoura has worked for the United Nations.

Earlier this year, Fifa banned its former secretary-general Jerome Valcke from all football-related activity for 12 years.

Fatma is a woman with international experience and vision who has worked on some of the most challenging issues of our time.


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.”

Fifa president Giovanni Infantino

Ms Samoura will be in charge of the day-to-day running of Fifa, which has had a troubled year amid corruption scandals.


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UN diplomat Fatma Samoura is currently based in Nigeria, working with the United Nations Development Program ©Stephane De Sakutin (AFP/File

Samoura, who is currently based in Nigeria for the United Nations Development Program, has worked across Africa for the UN for the last two decades.


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