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News coming in from Francistown is that only 14 Eritrean players will be taking their flight home from Gaborone this evening while the other ten have refused and opted to remain in the custody of

News coming in from Francistown is that only 14 Eritrean players will be taking their flight home from Gaborone this evening while the other ten have refused and opted to remain in the custody of Kutlwano Police in Francistown.

The visiting national team which was supposed to have jetted out from Francistown International Airport early this morning, only left by bus with 14 players and officials under heavy police escort to Gaborone, after missing their flight.

The team is scheduled to  board their flight to Johannesburg and eventually transit back to their home country, at around 18hrs20 this evening.

Despite the intervention and persuasion of their Ambassador based in South Africa, who was in the country to watch the World Cup preliminaries match, the disgruntled players refused to go back to their home country.

According to Botswana Football Association Vice President-Administration, Basadi Akoonyatse, the Eritrean players were found missing from their hotel rooms early this morning by the team officials. “A report was made to the police who spotted them loitering around Francistown, alleging that they were in search of a Red Cross centre where they could seek assistance for the NGO to lobby on their behalf to be accorded asylum in Botswana,” she said.

While investigations are still ongoing on why the 10 Eritreans are not happy about going back home, The Voice has established that the distressed men have stated that they are forced to join the Eritrea army, something they don’t fancy as their dream is to play professional football.

Akeonyatse said the players from the Horn of Africa are now in the hands of Immigration, police and security authorities.

“We are yet to establish the reasons the players have declined to go back and whether they are really seeking asylum. It is from hence forth that it will be determined what the next move concerning this issue will be.”

The Red Sea Camels who lost 3-1 to the Zebras last night at the Francistown Sports Complex, were supposed to have been out of Botswana by 4pm today (Wednesday), but due to the disappearance of some of the team members, their travel arrangements had to be rescheduled. “Because we do not have an evening flight from Francistown, we were left with no option but to ferry the 14 players by road to Gaborone,” indicated Akoonyatse.

Meanwhile, Akoonyatse said, the players who have absconded going home are still in the country legally until the expiry of their visas Which are normally valid for a day or two after the game.

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  • baboor October 14, 2015

    What do you do when you are lead by incompetent leader isayas, you flee. Leadership means managing a nation with all its needs. Our incompetent leader doesn’t know how to lead instead he is a war with our own youth. A very sad story.

  • Yerhiwo October 14, 2015

    Good job bothers!!! No matter how many non-qualified players they brought from Europe or Sudan….the Eritrean players from Eritrea will not pass the chance from leaving the country if they are sent abroad.

    Wake up dekebat eritreans..wipe out wedi Tembien Isaias Afewerki and his cousins Yemane Monkey and Hagos Kisha!

  • Haqi October 14, 2015

    What’s missing in Eritreas “independence”

    Declaration of Independence:

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

  • Eritrawi October 14, 2015

    Congratulations, Eritrawian brothers.
    The light at end of the tunnel is very bright that signals the end of darkness is near.I wish you a bright future and safe journey where ever your destination will be. Stay strong and united.
    Again, Congratulations.
    God bless you all.

  • Simon G. October 14, 2015

    If the team hadn’t include those diaspora YFPDG, all of them would have absconded.

  • kärlek October 14, 2015

    Help them Botswana! They are escaping from hell. Good Luck my brother’s.
    I hope to see u in another safe place

  • AHMED SALEH October 14, 2015

    A person with inferior complexity can’t stop calling names . The people
    you call them Abeeds are superior to your alike and that is why you keep
    banging your head against a wall because jealousy get deep in your head .
    Sewra Eritrea made history to free me and you from oppressive regime and
    betrayal has no shame to bite the hand that feeds it .
    We were and are proud people ,to set the record straight even at times of
    Sewra we show compassion at Ethiopian people suffering at times of their
    hardships. And I believe majority of Ethiopians pocess the same moral value .
    Every beginning has ending the way it started and we will overcome to change
    the course according people’s will on SEWRA principles for better future .
    Americans say ; An arrogant bug is a cockroach , that is funny but true ?
    You can insult , degrade and offend Eritrean but it doesn’t mean nothing
    except the hatred and grudge that insulate you spirit with negativity .
    Remember , we never seen devil but humans with devilish tendencies. So
    careful and keep good work for the sake of almighty blessings.
    Life is too short , brother .

    • AHMED SALEH October 14, 2015

      Thanks assenna moderator to step in fast enough and delete
      unnecessary comments . Deleyti Fithi participants must also
      learn to defend their integrity against foes than let them
      entertain from our silence . It is our house keys in hand ,
      close the door at unwanted guests face .

  • ሊንጎ October 15, 2015

    Wow, it’s so sad to hear this as Eritrean, but what choice do we have?
    I am so proud of you Brothers.
    Stay strong and good luck to all of you, I hope to see you play for the
    Free and democratic Eritrea very soon.
    God bless you all.