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Eritrean football players seek asylum in Uganda

News 06 Dec 2012, 20:12 IST

Seventeen Eritrean players who disappeared from a hotel during a tournament, are reportedly seeking an asylum in Uganda.

“It’s true 17 players and a doctor from Eritrea have come to us claiming that they feel unsafe at home and that they want asylum in Uganda,” said Uganda’s junior Minister for refugees, Musa Ecweru.

“So we have told police to stop hunting for them and we have also given them asylum seekers’ forms.”

Ecweru also added that they will be taken through a rigorous interview process questioning the genuineness of their reason to flee from their country. The players disappeared after their 2-0 loss Rzwanda during the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) competition.

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