FIFA: Falcons’ legend Akide celebrates Samoura appointment


FIFA’s Ambassador for Women Football and Nigeria Super Falcons legend Mercy Akide Udoh has lauded the World’s Football governing body’s decision to appoint of Senegal’s Fatma Samoura as its General Secretary.

History was Friday made in Mexico as Samoura became Fifa’s first female secretary general, replacing Jerome Valcke, who has been slammed with a 12-year ban from all football-related activities.

Akide who was named named by FIFA as one of its 15 Ambassadors for Women Football in 2005 took to twitter to express her thoughts on Samoura’s appointment.

“Happy and proud to see Fatma Samoura as first woman and first African FIFA General Secretary. More to come.” Akide tweeted.

The Senegalese, with 21 years experience working at the United Nations is currently the UN’s Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and also the UNDP coordinator, based in Nigeria.

As required under FIFA rules, Samoura who speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian will undergo an eligibility check as contained in Article 37 of the FIFA Statutes before she can resume in June.

Akide played for Nigeria in three FIFA Women’s World Cups and also helped Nigeria’s Super Falcons to three African Women Championships (AWC) titles in 1998, 2000 and 2002.