Refugee Status for Eritrean Football Team

The Ugandan government has reportedly granted refugee status to 15 former members of Eritrea's national football team who disappeared in the country in 2012 while taking part in a regional tournament.

The incident in Kampala was the third time the Eritrean football team had disappeared in an African state to claim asylum.

  • Uganda/Eritrea:  Eritrea's Football Team Seek Asylum in Uganda, Citing Persecution

    Radio France Internationale, 6 December 2012

    18 members of the Eritrean national football team are to apply for political asylum in Uganda, after turning up at a ministry in Kampala, two days after they went missing. read more »

  • Eritrea:  Eritrea's Entire Football Squad Defects in Kampala

    Sudan Tribune, 4 December 2012

    Almost the entire Eritrean national football squad has been missing in Uganda since Sunday, after the team was eliminated at the ongoing East and Central Africa Football ... read more »

  • Uganda/Eritrea:  Eritrean National Soccer Players Choose to Remain in Uganda

    The Independent, 4 December 2012

    The Eritrean national soccer team comprising 18 players that has been in Kampala participating in the ongoing CECAFA Tusker Challenge Cup has reportedly disappeared. read more »

  • Eritrea:  Soccer Players Disappear in Uganda

    The New Times, 4 December 2012

    AT least 14 Eritrean national team players have disappeared in Kampala after being eliminated from the on-going Cecafa Tusker Challenge Cup. read more »

  • Eritrea/Uganda:  National Football Team Defects to Uganda

    Radio France Internationale, 3 December 2012

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