Fifa appoints Fatma Samoura as first female secretary general

Posted on:14 May 2016 09:48:45
Fifa appoints Fatma Samoura as first female secretary general
14 May 2016 Current Affairs: Fifa broke new ground by appointing a Senegalese United Nations official as its first female and first non-European secretary general on 13 may 2016.

Fatma Samoura has no experience working in sports but Fifa President Gianni Infantino hopes that will help it try to regain the trust and credibility of the world.

The 54-year-old Samoura, who will replace the fired Jérôme Valcke if she passes an eligibility check, is currently working in development for the UN in Nigeria.

FIFA pointed to Samoura's experience coordinating the activities of around 2,000 U.N. staff with oversight over security in Nigeria.

She is used to managing big organisations, big budgets, human resources, finance,” Infantino told Fifa’s membership. Samoura, who speaks French, English, Spanish, and Italian, appears to have no experience dealing with commercial deals and broadcasters a key part of the job as Fifa’s top administrator.

FIFA lifted Indonesia's suspension from world football. Indonesian national and club teams, referees, and officials were banned over government interference in the running of the national federation.Indonesia was readmitted after the government agreed to end its suspension of the football federation, but the national team has missed out on qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup while banned.Benin joined Kuwait in being suspended due to government interference in their federations' independence.

 

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