Eritrean footballers apply for asylum in Uganda
A Ugandan government official says 17 Eritrean footballers and a
team doctor have applied for political asylum after going missing
during a regional tournament.
Musa Ecweru, Uganda’s minister for disaster preparedness and
refugees, said the applications were being considered by
Police had been searching for the Eritreans since they left
their team hotel on Tuesday after being eliminated from the east
and central African CECAFA Cup and didn’t return home with the
remainder of Eritrea’s traveling party.
Eritreans have previously not returned home after competing in
sports events abroad.
The entire Eritrea team sought refugee status at the 2009 CECAFA
Cup in Kenya, while some Eritrean athletes went missing at this
year’s London Olympics.