CAF mourns Kenyan official aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has paid tribute to former Kenya Football Federation (KFF) Secretary General Hussein Swaleh
President of the Confederation of African Football Ahmad Ahmad speaks during a press conference after an extraordinary meeting with CAF executives at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra on November 30, 2018. – Cameroon was on November 30, 2018 stripped of hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations due to delays in preparing for the continental showpiece, organisers the Confederation of African Football announced. South Africa and Morocco are two frontline contenders to step in as hosts on place of the Cameroon, who won the last edition in 2017 in Gabon. (Photo by CRISTINA ALDEHUELA / AFP)

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has paid tribute to former Kenya Football Federation (KFF) Secretary General Hussein Swaleh, who was among the 32 Kenyans that lost their lives in Sunday morning’s Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash.

Swaleh, a former secretary general of the FKF, had been returning to Nairobi after serving as a match commissioner in Friday’s African Champions League game between Ismaili and TP Mazembe in Egypt.

A statement on the CAF website on Monday read: “The President of the Confédération Africaine de Football, Ahmad Ahmad and all the African football family send their condolences to our dearest Hussein Swaleh Mtetu family, his relatives and to the Kenyan Football Federation.”

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The Kenyan Football Federation described Swaleh as a “dedicated and hardworking individual” and the head of the FKF, Nick Mwendwa, paid his own tribute: “Sad day for football. You were doing what you loved most. Fare thee well my chairman. Until we meet again.”

Hussein Swaleh served as the FKF’s secretary general between 2000 and 2004 and was in the post when Kenya last played at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Tunisia in 2004.

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