Tag Archives: Red Sea Camels

CECAFA U15: Match Day 7 Recap

cecafa u15: Eritrea lost to Kenya 2-1
The Eritrean team lost 2-1 to Kenya though they show a spectacular display of performance.

BY NATNAEL YEBIO

Somalia played against Sudan in match day #7 of the CECAFA under-15 tournament that is underway in Asmara. Both teams sat in the bottom of their group after having lost both of their last two matches. Continue reading CECAFA U15: Match Day 7 Recap

Absconded for Headlines, A Shattered Dream!

To Yonatan Habte “Shekortetino”: Laughter is the best medicine. But if you laugh with no reason, you need medicine.

By Helen B.,

As we remembered all in 2015, ten of the Eritrean national soccer team deserted after [deliberately] losing the game to team Botswana. Their desertion made short lived headlines indented to undermine the government and the people of Eritrea.

Hence the government and Interior Minister of Botswana valiantly denied them political asylum, convinced that the Eritrean stars were not fearful for their lives and they should return. These players like all other Eritrean national sport stars are exempted from any military services. Botswana government officials saw no legitimate ground to grant them political asylum but allowed them to temporarily stay in the country after appeal was made by the so-called human right group. Continue reading Absconded for Headlines, A Shattered Dream!

CECAFA in Ethiopia and Why Eritrea is not Participating

“Eritrea routinely boycotts sports event that are taking place in Ethiopia due to occupation” – Eritrean Minister of Information

By Mike Seium | Eri-International Sports,

It is so disgusting to see certain media outlets and news services like AP so obsessed with why Eritrea is not attending the 2015 CECAFA (Central and Eastern Confederation of African Football) tournament being held in Ethiopia. Al Jazeera’s football section and Fox sports, both opposite side of the American political arena, when it comes to politics write “Ethiopia bars Eritrea from African football tournament” or “Host Ethiopia won’t allow Eritrea at East African tournament.”

Has it ever occurred to them that Ethiopia is currently occupying sovereign Eritrean territories? Are they that crazy to think that Eritrea, even if its players were to leave, would send its team into Ethiopian territory with a regime in place that has abused the power of its own people and still occupies an internationally arbitrated border town? Continue reading CECAFA in Ethiopia and Why Eritrea is not Participating

Ethiopia Dismisses Reports it Barred Eritrea from CECAFA Games

NOT LEGAL. “Ethiopia has no legal ground to ban Eritrea from participating in the CECAFA games that it about to host” – Ethiopian official

By APA,

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has dismissed reports by Al Jazeera that the country has barred Eritrean footballers from playing in the 2015 Council for East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) tournament scheduled to be held in Ethiopia.

Spokesperson of the Ministry, Tewolde Mulugeta, said Thursday that the information dispatched by the media institution is “baseless”.  Continue reading Ethiopia Dismisses Reports it Barred Eritrea from CECAFA Games

Eritrea Won’t Send Players to CECAFA Tournament

Unresolved political tensions with host Ethiopia and continued defection of players hinders Eritrea from sending players to CECAFA Tournament in Ethiopia.

By AP,

Eritrea has been excluded from East Africa’s main soccer tournament this month because of political tensions with host Ethiopia.

Nicholas Musonye, secretary general of the Council for East and Central African Football Associations, says the regional soccer body ”must respect” Ethiopia’s position not to allow the Eritrea team into the country to play at the CECAFA Cup from Nov. 21-Dec. 6. Continue reading Eritrea Won’t Send Players to CECAFA Tournament

Botswana Asks UNHCR to Resettle Eritrean Soccer Players

UNHCR to give the disgraced Eritrean soccer players three options: voluntary repatriation to Eritrea; receiving alternative status, such as citizenship or permanent residence, or resettlement to a third country. I will bet my bottom dollar that it was for the latter that they shamelessly throw their country’s pride under the bus.

By Reuters,

Botswana wants 10 Eritrean soccer players it granted asylum to to be resettled in another country by the United Nations, as under Bostwana’s law they must stay in a refugee camp for 10 years.

A government official said the southern African nation was not withdrawing asylum for the players but giving them a chance to seek refuge in a country where the resettlement process was faster.

The players claimed asylum on Oct. 13 after playing the match against Botswana, becoming the latest in a series of defections by players from a country that the United Nations for human rights council accuse of violations. Continue reading Botswana Asks UNHCR to Resettle Eritrean Soccer Players