FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura believes being the first female secretary general of the World football governing body is a strong indication that football can help change cultural behaviour even in the more conservative society.
The 55-year-old Senegalese while speaking with BBC as part of the 100 Women Project noted that some people think it’s wrong for a black woman to be in a key position in FIFA.
She said, “Nobody asks a man when he takes a position if he’s competent to do the job. They just assume that he can do the job. For a woman to make her way up to the top – you need to prove every single day that you are the best fit for that position.”
“It is something we are fighting on a daily basis on the pitch – I don’t want any racist person around me.
Samoura who replaced Jerome Valcke in 2016 was subjected to an investigation into an alleged conflict of interest in Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid but was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Aside from overseeing the reforms in FIFA, she was also tasked with improving conditions of migrant workers constructing facilities for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
She said over the past six months FIFA have not heard anything negative about the worker’s condition in Qatar.