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Missing Eritrea stars resurface



The 17 Eritrean players and one official that went missing from their hotel in Kampala on Sunday have reappeared.

They met Musa Echweru, the State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness, and sought asylum. Their other colleagues, two players and five officials, returned home on Tuesday.

“They have contacted us and we are going to forward their case to the relevant authorities,” confirmed Ecweru.

Eritrea were knocked out of the on-going Cecafa competition on Saturday and the entire team were supposed to return home on Tuesday.

The Horn of Africa team have become identical with going AWOL after tournaments. Four players of Red Sea FC defected after a Caf Champions League match in Nairobi 12 years ago.

And at the 2007 Cecafa in Tanzania, 12 members of the national side vanished before repeating the stunt two years later in the same competition in Kenya with only the coach making it to the capital Asmara.

The reported abuse of human rights and lack of freedom of press and political liberty back home in Eritrea allegedly explains the habitual disappearance acts of the Eritreans, who would rather seek political asylum abroad.

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