MEXICO CITY, May 13. /TASS/. Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura of Senegal on Friday was appointed FIFA Secretary General.
Samoura, the United Nations’ Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria, has become the first-ever woman to occupy this position.
This 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," Infantino said. "She has a proven ability to build and lead teams, and improve the way organizations perform. Importantly for FIFA, she also understands that transparency and accountability are at the heart of any well-run and responsible organisation."
"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. No one exemplifies what we need more than Fatma does, and we are thrilled that she has joined our team," the FIFA president added.
Until now, Markus Kattner was FIFA acting Secretary General. He superseded FIFA’s former secretary general, after Jerome Valcke, who was suspended from football-related activities for 12 year over accusations of violating several articles the FIFA Code of Ethics, including those on loyalty, confidentiality and conflict of interests, and fined $102,880.