ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A prominent Kenyan soccer official is believed to be among 157 people killed in a plane crash in Ethiopia on Sunday.
Hussein Swaleh, the former secretary general of the Kenyan soccer federation, was due to return home on the Ethiopian Airlines flight after working as the match commissioner in an African Champions League game in Egypt on Friday.
The plane was headed for the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, but it crashed minutes after takeoff in Addis Ababa. Authorities say there were 149 passengers and eight crew members onboard and no one survived.
Kenyan soccer federation president Nick Mwendwa said Swaleh was one of the 32 Kenyan nationals on the flight. Mwendwa wrote on Twitter: “Sad day for football.”