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Nigeria's football chief calls on new FIFA Secretary General

Nigeria's football chief calls on new FIFA Secretary General


Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick has met with incoming FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, the capital Abuja.

It is not clear what the details of the meeting was but it is believed that the NFF boss had gone to convey his congratulations to the Fatma, who is currently a top official of the United Nations acting in the dual role of Resident Coordinator of the UN and the United Nations Development Programme in Nigeria.

Mr Pinnick was accompanied by second Vice President of the NFF and League Management Company chairman Shehu Dikko, when he went to meet the first female to rise to the ‘powerful’ post of FIFA Secretary General.

Samoura was appointed as scribe of football’s world governing body just last week at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico. She is also the first African to hold the position in FIFA’s 112 year history, she replaces Jerome Valcke, who has been suspended by FIFA’s ethics committee over some corruption allegation.

“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 organization,” FIFA president Infantino said of Fatma.

On her part she expressed confidence in bringing her vas experience to bear on the Secretary General role at FIFA, “I also look forward to bringing my experience in governance and compliance to bear on the important reform work that is already underway at FIFA,” she said.

‘‘As required under FIFA statutes, Ms Samoura will undergo an eligibility check administered by the independent Review Committee, per Article 37 of the FIFA Statutes. Ms Samoura will assume the role of FIFA Secretary General before mid-June,’‘ FIFA said in a media release.

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