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Samoura becomes FIFA’s first woman secretary general

FIFA has named a Senegalese woman, Fatma Samoura, as its secretary general on Friday, making it a surprise and historical move since the creation of the football body.

Samoura is 54 and she is not from the football world as it used to be for other major executives. She has worked for 21 years with the United Nations. Currently based in Nigeria for the UN Development Programme.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who announced her appointment during the annual congress in Mexico City, said his future number two was “a great person” with experience managing big organizations, budgets and staff.

“We have to be serious when we say we embrace diversity and we believe in gender equality,” Infantino said.

“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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