CAF consoles family of Ethiopia aircrash victim

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
Hussein Swaleh Mtetu perished in the Ethiopian Air plane crash
Hussein Swaleh Mtetu perished in the Ethiopian Air plane crash

The  Confederation of African Football (CAF) has consoled the family of a former General Secretary of the Federation Kenya Football (FKF), Hussein Swaleh Mtetu, who was a victim of the tragic Ethiopian plane crash on Sunday.

Swaleh, who also worked for CAF as a Match Commissioner, was among the 32 Kenyans who perished in Sunday morning's Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 crash.

He was returning home after serving as match Commissioner in the 1-1 CAF Champions League match between Egyptian side, Ismaily SC and TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo played on Friday in Alexandria.

CAF ExCo member, Leodegar Tenga (second left) looks on as acting Secretary General Alaori Essadik (second right) signs a condolence book for the late Hussein Swaleh

A CAF delegation, made up of  acting Secretary General, Essadik Alaoui and Leodegar Tenga, a former Tanzanian Football Federation (TFF) president visited the family on Wednesday, to console them over their loss.

“He was a committed football administrator and we are very grateful for his services, we miss him and we will continue to miss him,”  Tenga, an Executive Committee member of CAF, told the family and media.

“On behalf of CAF president Ahmad Ahmad, we send our sincere condolences and we shall continue to do what he believed in, development of football in Kenya, the region and the continent,” Tenga said.

Swaleh’s brother Ashraf Hussein was grateful for the gesture exhibited by the continental body.

“Hussein was a dedicated and responsible father, one whom we all celebrate, we as a family promise to do everything that his legacy lives on,” a sorrowful Ashraf said.

Swaleh was appointed as CAF Match Commissioner for 2018 to 2020.