Police hunting missing Eritrea players in Uganda
Ugandan police say they are searching for 17 Eritrea players who
went missing from their team hotel in Kampala and didn’t return
home following the country’s elimination from a regional
Police spokesman Ibn Senkumbi says the footballers were being
sought for questioning as to why they weren’t on a plane to Eritrea
earlier Tuesday with the remainder of the squad after playing in
the CECAFA Cup. Eritrea failed to win a game at the tournament for
east and central African countries.
Senkumbi said the players, if found, would be subject to
deportation from Uganda, adding police were looking for them ”for
their own safety.”
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.