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Eritrean players flee in asylum bid

December 6, 2012
By ESPN staff
Eritrean footballers who vanished from a hotel in Uganda during a tournament are seeking asylum in the country, a Ugandan government official has said.

"It's true 17 players and a doctor from Eritrea have come to us claiming that they feel unsafe at home and that they want asylum in Uganda," Musa Ecweru, Uganda's junior minister for refugees, was reported as saying by Reuters.

"We have told police to stop searching for them, and we have also given them asylum seekers' forms.
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