Eritrean soccer players apply for asylum in Uganda
A Ugandan government official says 17 Eritrean soccer players
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 losing in the east and central
African CECAFA Cup. They 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 the