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Eritrea/Uganda: Eritrean National Football Team Defects to Uganda
All Africa ^ | 3 DECEMBER 2012 | MICHEL ARSENEAULT

Posted on 12/03/2012 6:11:43 PM PST by nickcarraway

Eritrea's entire national football team has defected while on a visit to Uganda, according to one of the players.

The footballer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told RFI that 17 footballers and the team doctor are hiding in Kampala.

"Everybody has to stay in secure places because the Eritrean government is searching for us," he said. "The Eritrean embassay in Uganda are trying to find us."

The team member said the group could make an asylum claim on Thursday.

He said he had decided to flee Eritrea because of its many problems, citing the government of President Isaias Afeworki as "the main problem" and accusing it of failing to respect human rights and having a compulsory and extensive programme of military training.

The Red Sea Boys were until now participating in the Cecafa Cup, a tournament organised by the Council for East and Central Africa Football Association.

Eritrean footballers have often defected in the past, leading to them being required to pay a "surety" before traveling abroad - and suffer the consequences if they failed to return to Asmara.

Four players of Red Sea FC sought asylum in Kenya after a CAF Champions' League match in Nairobi in 2006. Up to 12 members of the national team stayed behind after the Cecafa Cup in Tanzania in 2007.

Another six players remained in Angola after an Africa Cup of Nations match in 2008.

Eritrea Red Sea Boys played their last game with Rwanda at Lugogo Stadium in Kampala, losing 2-0.


TOPICS: Sports; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: eritrea

1 posted on 12/03/2012 6:11:51 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Eritrea was better off as part of Ethiopia.


2 posted on 12/03/2012 6:14:23 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway

Wow. I had no idea Uganda is the kind of place one defects *to.*


3 posted on 12/03/2012 6:16:07 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: cripplecreek

Eritrea - Muslim dominated
Ethiopia - Christian dominated

yeah - it didn’t end well.


4 posted on 12/03/2012 6:20:03 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: nickcarraway

Wow...how bad does a place have to be when Uganda is a place you’d want to defect TO?


5 posted on 12/03/2012 6:21:01 PM PST by rhinohunter
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To: nickcarraway

Don’t give the Eagles any ideas ..


6 posted on 12/03/2012 6:21:17 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: cripplecreek
Eritrea was better off as part of Ethiopia.

Maybe so, but Ethiopia is also ruled by a repressive régime.

7 posted on 12/03/2012 6:24:07 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: nickcarraway; All

Eritrea one the most repressive regimes in the world. When you look for asylum in Uganda and Kenya...you know things are bad

They get little attention about their brutal dictatorship because they are Black, Muslim, and in Africa.

Real sad about all this is that the capital Asmara used to be one of the more civilized in Africa, and has some of the best old-style Italian architecture around (It was a colony of Italy in 19th-20th C)


8 posted on 12/03/2012 6:24:58 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Illegal Aliens do not pay Social Security...Employers do)
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To: Flycatcher
Don’t give the Eagles any ideas ..

Or the 49ers.

9 posted on 12/03/2012 6:25:55 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Flycatcher

Don’t give the Eagles any ideas


Or the Jaguars.

They have been rumored to be moving for the past 10 years. Heck, with the Eritrean team gone....the Jags may just move to Eritrea


10 posted on 12/03/2012 6:26:44 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Illegal Aliens do not pay Social Security...Employers do)
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To: nickcarraway

Do they run the wishbone, or are they more of a spread offense. Do they have SEC speed?


11 posted on 12/03/2012 6:26:50 PM PST by gop4lyf (Are we no longer in that awkward time? Or is it still too early?)
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To: nickcarraway

lolz


12 posted on 12/03/2012 6:28:45 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Out of the frying pan into the fire.


13 posted on 12/03/2012 6:35:33 PM PST by Venturer
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To: SeminoleCounty
Eritrea one the most repressive regimes in the world.

I believe that they are the only other country in the world, besides the U.S.A. to claim the right to tax income earned by expats working outside the country. I recall reading that one of the Eritrian revolutinary leaders was schooled in a U.S. university, and said that he got the idea from the U.S.A.

14 posted on 12/03/2012 6:35:33 PM PST by marktwain
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To: nickcarraway

It’s soccer. Who cares.


15 posted on 12/03/2012 8:42:19 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: Venturer
Oh, I don't know it may be a good place to go to:

Ugandan president repents of personal, national sins

AND

Uganda Parliament Set to Criminalize Homosexuality Month After President Leads Prayer of Repentance

16 posted on 12/03/2012 8:46:38 PM PST by madison10
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To: madison10

Prayer of Ugandan President: “We want Uganda to be known as a nation that fears God, and as a nation whose foundations are firmly rooted in righteousness and justice to fulfill what the Bible says in Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. A people you have chosen as your own,” he said. “I renounce all the evil foundations and covenants that were laid in idolatry and witchcraft. I renounce all the satanic influence on this nation. And I hereby covenant Uganda to You, to walk in Your ways and experience all Your blessings forever.”


17 posted on 12/03/2012 8:49:10 PM PST by madison10
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

My usually reliable sources inform me this evening that the Jets players are considering the ideer!


18 posted on 12/03/2012 8:49:20 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: madison10

Although...President Museveni has some issues with term limits and his opposition.


19 posted on 12/03/2012 9:01:00 PM PST by madison10
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To: madison10

He actually prayed that?


20 posted on 12/04/2012 2:29:43 PM PST by Bulwyf
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To: Bulwyf
He actually prayed that?

Yes. Western nations have issues with Uganda's non-favorable gay environment. Not sure if the prayer didn't have an ulterior motive behind it ie a way to deal with homosexuals using God as the reason.

21 posted on 12/04/2012 4:11:17 PM PST by madison10
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