CAF, FKF mourn Ethiopian Airlines crash victim Hussein Swaleh

Published on: 15 March 2019

CAF Exco Member Leodegar Tenga alongside FKF President Nick Mwendwa sign the condolence book as CAF Acting Secretary General Essadik Alaoui and Hussein Swaleh's son Achraf Hussein [Courtesy]

On Wednesday, March 13, a Confederation of African Football (CAF) delegation led by ex-Tanzanian Football Federation President Leodegar Tenga met the family of the late KFF Lower Eastern Chairman Hussein Swaleh at Football Kenya Federation (FKF) House, Nairobi.

The delegation was joined by FKF President Nick Mwendwa, Deputy Doris Petra, Secretary General Robert Muthomi and NEC members Chris Amimo and Nabea Muriithi.

“We are here, on behalf of CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, to pass our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Hussein Swaleh. He spent the better part of his adult life serving football, and that cannot go unnoticed,” said Tenga.

Mwendwa recognised Swaleh as a committed leader who always backed the development of football in the country.

“I have lost, not just a Branch Chairman, but a personal friend, who has always supported my football development agenda. As a Federation, we will stand with his family and will offer them support during this trying times,” he said.

The ex-KFF official was among the 157 people who perished in the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday, March 10.

The aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET-AVJ crashed at around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit) area.

The Ethiopian Airlines in a statement said the aircraft lost contact just six minutes after leaving Bole International Airport.

According to flight radar, the flight was expected at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 10:25 on Sunday.

The plane, according to aviation analyst Alex Macheras, said the brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 was delivered to the airline just four months ago. Standard Digital has not independently verified the claim.

Ethiopian Airlines is state-owned and is Africa’s largest carrier.