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FIFA makes Fatma Samoura its first female secretary general
14.05.16 13:52
FIFA makes Fatma Samoura its first female secretary general

FIFA on Friday named Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samoura as the first female secretary general in the history of the male-dominated world football organization, France 24 reports.

Samoura, 54, comes from outside the football world, having worked with the United Nations for 21 years. She is currently based in Nigeria for the UN Development Program.

Samoura will take her post by mid-June after undergoing an eligibility check administered by an independent review committee.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who announced her appointment by the FIFA Council during a congress in Mexco City, said Samoura was a "great person" with experience managing big organizations, budgets and staff.

"She will bring a fresh wind to FIFA, somebody from outside, not somebody from inside, not somebody from the past but somebody new."

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