By Brian Bariyo Tumuramye
Fatma Samoura, the Secretary General of world soccer governing body Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), arrived in Uganda on Monday for a two day visit, aboard Egypt Air.
Samoura will see first hand the various projects funded by the FIFA and will open the completed extension of FUFA’s new offices.
On Monday she visited FIFA funded projects under the FIFA Forward Programme, held a meeting with the new Minister of State for Sports Denis Hamson Obua, sponsors and Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.
“I’m delighted to be first ever FIFA Secretary General to visit your beautiful country. I Cannot wait to see what you are doing to develop. Weebale and Asante,” she said in a tweet after arriving at Entebbe International airport.
This is the second high-profile visit to Uganda from FIFA in three years, since in 2017 FIFA boss Gianni Infantino became the first FIFA President to visit Uganda.
Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura is a Senegalese former diplomat and senior executive. She was appointed as the first female Secretary General of FIFA by President Infantino on May 13, 2016. Previously she worked in various positions at the United Nations.
On Monday she interacted with the speaker of parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, newly appointed minister Obua, FUFA Executive committee members and Ugandan soccer sponsors.
On Tuesday he will also tour the FUFA Kadiba project as well as the FUFA Technical center, Njeru.