New Fifa scribe Samoura wants more women in football hierarchy

The Senegalese has assumed office as the first female and African Fifa secretary general after 21 years service with the United Nations and she hopes for more women in football

New Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura has assured that she will encourage the recruitment of more women in Fifa under her administration following her resumption in office.

Samoura resumed office in Zurich on Monday, June 20, meeting Fifa president Gianni Infantino and members of staff, where she reeled out the main dreams of her administration.

Among other plans,she vowed to review Fifa's recruitment policy to accommodate more women, stressing great need of the gender in the sport.

Samoura's appointment was announced at the 66th Fifa Congress in Mexico on May 13, leaving her post as the most senior UN official in Nigeria.

The 54-year-old, who is married and has three children, became the first woman and the first non-European to be Fifa secretary general, succeeding Jerome Valcke.

"For me, having a woman leading the governing body of world football, an area that has traditionally been dominated by men, is a strong signal of how the President is embracing diversity," Samoura told Fifa.com.

"So my touche – as we say it in French – as a woman is to ensure that there is more equity not only in the way we recruit people – which means having more females in the executive level of FIFA – but also in how a game that embraces all communities may have a special focus on women. 

"Women are 50 per cent of humanity, and no institution can fully reach its goal if it decides to sideline 50 per cent of the population," the Senegalese said.

On her main priorities in tandem with Infantino's new Fifa dreams, she listed: My first priority is to finalise the staff review and to have the senior executive staff appointed as soon as possible.

"This really concerns very strategic positions, namely those of the Chef Financial Officer and the Chief Compliance Officer, but also human resources, communications and development. 

"Those are key positions, for which we really need to identify good leaders, so that we may fully roll out the different programmes and visions of the new FIFA team.

"My second priority is to try as much possible to focus on the staff, who have been going through extreme stress over the last 12 months because of the corruption scandals that have had a negative impact on the morale. So I am here to boost the morale of the staff. 

"And my third priority is to ensure that the new directives that govern FIFA, which have been recently approved at the Congress, are internalised and rightly disseminated, so that the staff really starts getting used to them.

"Finally, I want to inject diversity, more equity, a better governance structure, a stronger monitoring and evaluation system and an obligation to inform and report on the good deeds of FIFA," she said.