Fatma Samoura will step down as FIFA Secretary General at the end of the year to spend more time with her family.
Samoura became the first woman, first black woman, first Muslim and first non-European to be appointed FIFA President in 2016. Prior to working at FIFA, she spent more than two decades working at the United Nations. She will still oversee the upcoming Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand before leaving the organisation.
“Joining FIFA was the best decision of my life,” said Samoura.
“I am very proud to lead such a diverse team. FIFA today is a much better, more open, reliable and transparent organization. I leave FIFA with a feeling of pride and fulfillment.
“At the moment my full focus is on preparing for and presenting the next Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. From next year I would like to spend more time with my family. I have loved football since I was eight and feel proud to be on this path. “.
In addition to helping oversee the organization of several World Cups, Samoura has led a restructuring process at FIFA that includes the creation and development of the Women’s Football Section, as well as a loan process to reform CAF, the governing body for football in Africa.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino added: “It has been a privilege and an honor to work with one of football’s pioneers.” “Ever since we met, I knew she would be great with FIFA.
“His passion and enthusiasm to lead the change was inspiring. We respect Fatima’s decision and would like to thank her for her dedication and commitment to football. Fatima will continue to contribute with us to the development of the game and its social values.”
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