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.