Departed Hussein Swaleh has been described as a one of the best football administrators in the region, former CECAFA President Leodegar Tenga has affirmed.
Tenga who is also former Tanzania football president said he knew the late Swaleh many years ago when he served as the Secretary General of Kenya Football Federation (KFF) under Sam Nyamweya.
He described the late football administrator as a true soldier who fought for the welfare and promotion of the game in the region. Swaleh lost his life in the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines crash.
Tenga was part of the delegation from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) that jetted into the country to condole with the family of the late Swaleh.
Before meeting his death in Ethiopian Airlines’ crash that claimed 156 other lives, Swaleh had been a CAF match commissioner during last Friday’s clash between Ismaily and TP Mazembe in Alexandria, Egypt.
Speaking at the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) offices in Nairobi, Tenga eulogized Swaleh as a committed football administrator who committed most of his adult life to the game of football.
“In a few words, he was a committed football administrator who lived most of his adult life saving football. We are very grateful for his services and really miss him a lot. Hussein to us was not just a colleague, he was a member of the larger family of football in Africa,” he said.
His son Ashraf Hussein who spoke on behalf of the late Swaleh’s family eulogized him as a responsible father and to keep his dreams and legacy alive. “Mr Hussein was a responsible father and a responsible gentleman as well, one whom we all celebrate and as a family we will do everything that his legacy continues as his expectations,” he said.
FKF President Nick Mwendwa said Swalleh has left behind a big gap and urged those who have been left behind to emulate his work.
FKF deputy President Doris Petra who worked along with the late Swaleh under Nyamweya’s stewardship said she was devastated with the demise of Swaleh whom they worked together to steer local football to another level.
FKF Secretary General Robert Muthomi said Kenya football fraternity has lost a true dedicated servant and prayed to God to give strength and humility the family of the departed sports administrator.
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