US: FIFA appoints Senegalese lady as secretary-general

New York, US (PANA) - World football governing body, FIFA, on Friday appointed Ms. Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura of Senegal as its Secretary-General.

A FIFA statement obtained by PANA in New York said Ms. Samoura is a 21-year veteran of UN programmes, and is currently the UN’s Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria.

The statement said the announcement was made by FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City.

"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," Mr. Infantino said.

"Importantly for FIFA, she also understands that transparency and accountability are at the heart of any well-run and responsible organisation," he noted.

The statement said that, 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.

The FIFA president also 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.

"It is essential for FIFA to incorporate fresh perspectives from outside the traditional pool of football executives, as we continue to restore and rebuild our organisation," he said.

He also said: "No one exemplifies what we need more than Fatma does, and we are thrilled that she has joined our team."

Since starting her UN career as a senior logistics officer with the World Food Programme in Rome in 1995, she had served as country representative or director in six countries, namely Djibouti, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Madagascar and Nigeria.

She speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian.

Responding to her appointment, Ms. Samoura said: "Today is a wonderful day for me, and I am honoured to take on the role of FIFA’s Secretary-General, and 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 stated.

Ms. Samoura earned her masters degree in English and Spanish at the University of Lyon, France, and a post-masters degree in international relations and international trade from the Institut d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées (IECS), Strasbourg-France.
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