Tigrai Online Dec. 03, 2012
17 Players of the Eritrean national football team have gone missing in Uganda after the team was eliminated in the group stage of the ongoing Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.
Chairman of the local organising committee of the tournament Moses Magogo, who is also a vice-president of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) told BBC Sport on Monday that he believes some Eritrean players are missing from the hotel where they were staying.
Seventeen players and one official have disappeared from Sky Hotel, where the team was booked, leaving behind head coach Teklit Negash, two of his assistants, two players and two officials of the Eritrean Football Federation.
It is not the first the Eritrean National Team has gone missing. There has been many times in the past few years the Eritrean football team defecting to their hosting countries. It would not being surprising if the regime in Eritrea claims they are in a vacation because they have said it before.
In July 2011, 13 Eritrean Football Players Go Missing in Tanzania. The Cecafa-organised competitions council has no idea of the whereabouts of 13 members of Red Sea of Eritrea. TFF secretary general Angetile Osiah admitted that they are also in the dark as to where the Eritrea team players could be.
In December 2009 The entire Eritrean national football team has gone missing after failing to board a flight home following a match in Kenya. Only the squad's coach and one other official arrived back in Eritrea after the team was knocked out in the quarter finals of the CECAFA tournament for east and central Africa.
In May 2006, four players of the Eritrean football club, Red Sea defected in Nairobi after evading their government escorts.