UN veteran passes FIFA credibility test to become Secretary General

After coming out successful from the eligibility test, Diouf will on Monday, June 20 resume her role of FIFA Secretary General.

Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura and Gianni Infantino

After coming out successful from the eligibility test conducted by the independent Review Committee, Diouf will on Monday, June 20 resume her role of FIFA Secretary General.

The Review Committee, which was established at the recent FIFA Congress in May, in particular to protect the organisation against any potential conflicts of interest in the approval of appointments, consists of former Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, Miguel Poiares Maduro, former Indian High Court judge Mukul Mudgal, and former chairman of Peruvian club Sporting Cristal, Felipe Cantuarias Salaverry.

The eligibility check was conducted in line with article 37 of the FIFA Statutes.

Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura became the first woman to be named as secretary general of football's world governing body FIFA on Friday.

The 52-year-old, currently the U.N. Development Programme Resident Representative in Nigeria, will be responsible for the day-to-day running of FIFA which has been battered by corruption scandals over the past few years.

"Fatma is a woman with international experience and vision who has worked on some of the most challenging issues of our time," president Gianni Infantino said in a statement issued by FIFA.

"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," he added.

Samoura began her United Nations career with the World Food Programme in Rome in 1995 and has served as country representative or director in six African countries.

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