: Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura appointed FIFA Secretary General

18:00 May. 14, 2016

Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura appointed FIFA Secretary General

A youth orchestra plays behind a screen marked with FIFA in the colors of the Mexican flag, during the opening ceremony of the 66th FIFA Congress, held in Mexico City, May 12, 2016 (AP Photo)

Gianni Infantino elected FIFA president in late February

The FIFA Council today appointed Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura of Senegal as FIFA Secretary General (SG), reports FIFA.com

Ms Samoura is a 21-year veteran of United Nations programmes who is currently the UN's Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria. The announcement was made by FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City.

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

As required under FIFA statutes, Ms Samoura will undergo an eligibility check administered by the independent Review Committee, per Article 37 of the FIFA Statutes. Ms Samoura will assume the role of FIFA Secretary General before mid-June.

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President Infantino praised Ms Samoura's integrity, and said the Council was particularly impressed with her operational experience, as well as her expertise in governance and working in multi-cultural environments. He said her expertise will complement the long-standing and deep knowledge of world football within the FIFA leadership team and administration. Full story  

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