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Eritrea's National Soccer Team, the World Leader in Defections
With the World Cup set to kick off in Brazil, soccer officials in Eritrea are trying to build a national team from scratch. It's a process that takes place almost every year, because players from the tiny East African nation keep running away en masse ...
A National Team Without a Country
New York Times
This group of 18 was different, though, and not only because they comprised the majority of the Eritrean men's national soccer team, and the team's doctor. They were unique because they arrived here in the same manner they had fled their homeland: ...
Darfur May Host Stars, Heroes
He said that Ethiopia have written to them saying they will not be able to host the tournament, because their national team is engaged in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, while the domestic league is still on and they would like to ...
Women Coaches Emerge to Take the Lead
South Africa has gone a step further with the appointment of a foreign coach, Pauw, a former player of the Dutch national women's team. The women have shown much zeal backed by sound tactical decisions, which has seen two of them, Pauw and Toure, ...
Eritrean Soccer Team Members Missing in Uganda After Tournament
At least 18 members of Eritrea's national soccer team have gone missing in Uganda after being eliminated from a regional tournament, the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations said. The players had traveled to the Ugandan capital, ...
EXCLUSIVE: Eritrea's Football Coach Omer Ahmed and Eight Players Defect to ...
Asmarino Independent
The coach of the Eritrean national football team Omer Ahmed and eight of his players have disappeared in Kenya in order to defect, IBTimes UK can exclusively report. The defection follows last week's disappearance of two members of the national team.
Eritrea Withdraws From African Soccer Contest After Defections
In December, at least nine members of the national soccer team sought political asylum in Kenya while taking part in a Council for East and Central Africa Football Association competition, according to, a London-based news website. A year ...
Where Soccer Has Been a One-Way Ticket Out
New York Times
KIGALI, Rwanda — In the fading light and steady rain at Amahoro Stadium, the Eritrea national soccer team trained in silence Monday as it prepared for one of its most important matches since securing independence from Ethiopia in 1993.
Eritrea national football team players who went missing in 2012 are in Dutch town
Prince George Citizen
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The mayor of a small Dutch town says a group of former Eritrea national team footballers who went missing after a tournament in Uganda in 2012 and sought asylum is now living in his town. Gorinchem Mayor Anton Barske told ...
Eritrea's national soccer team seeks asylum in Kenya
Washington Post
KAMPALA, UGANDA -- Eritrea's entire national soccer team is seeking asylum in Kenya, joining tens of thousands of compatriots who have fled one of Africa's most repressive governments. The team absconded after traveling to Nairobi for a regional ...

Eritrean Football Association Info & Statistics

History Founded: 1996, Affiliated: 1998
Uniform Jerseys: Blue, Shorts:Red, Stockings:Green

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