BREAKING NEWS:Nine Members of the Eritrean National Team Including the Head Coach Mr Omer Ahmed Defect in Kenya.

Nine members of the Eritrean National Football team, including the head coach Mr Omer Ahmed and team captain Haile Goitom abandon the dictatorial regime in Eritrea seeking political asylum in Kenya. Two of them confirmed to

Nine members of the Eritrean National Football team, including the head coach Mr Omer Ahmed and team captain Haile Goitom abandon the dictatorial regime in Eritrea seeking political asylum in Kenya.

Two of them confirmed to demo.assenna.com on the phone about their decision not to go back home to Eritrea. Samson was not able to continue his conversation, while another player who didn’t consent his name to be made public said “the endless national service, extreme repression and lack of freedom” was the main reason for his decision.

The Eritrean National Football team has been to Kenya to participate in the regional annual Cecafa competition.

Although the regime tried its best to minimize defection by calling many Eritrean semi and non professional players from abroad into the team, it couldn’t escape the embarrassment it faced for several times.

Two of the payers have been in hiding before the completion of the tournament, while the remaining 7 have just followed them.

12 members of the Eritrean national team have defected last year in Uganda, after participating in similar regional tournament. Almost all Red Sea football club players have also done the same prior to that.

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  • tesfaldet December 11, 2013

    THE TEAM MEBERS ARE SOME FROM SIWEEDEN SAUDIARABIA ITALY SO CAN SOME ONE TELL ME WHAY ARE THEY DIFFECT TO GO WHERE THEY ARE OLREDY IN DISPORIA THIS ARTICLE SIMELLS FISHI

  • tesfaldet December 11, 2013

    IKNOW WHAY THIS REPORT IS FRIST IT WAS REPORTED BY ASSENA 3 PLAYERS DIFFECTED BUT THE NUMBER IS LESS TO REPORT SO WHAY MALTIPLAY BY 3 MAKE IT MORE PLAYERS DIFFECT BUT WHAT IDONT UNDER STAND IS THE FELOWES OF ASSENA WHAY THEY DONT ASK THE REPORT CHANGE FROM 3 TO 9 FOR SOME ONE WITH AGOOD BRAIN THIS IS FUNNY AJOCKE

  • temie December 11, 2013

    Try with demhit. This is not working dictator u never learn,

  • Del Welde December 14, 2013

    Eritrea’s only Tigrinya newspaper, Hadas Eritrea ሓዳስ ኤርትራ, did not cover the CECAFA Cup 2013 in Kenya although Eritrean National Team took part in the competition. The paper has two pages dedicated to sports. But while Eritrean National Team played Sudan on the 29th November; Uganda on the 2nd of December; and Rwanda on 5th of December; the national newspaper has never mentioned the matches or the results; or the fact that Eritrean National Football team was playing in its daily papers! On the other hand every major English Premier League and Spanish La Liga games were discussed in detail!

    See the links to the daily papers for the 30th Nov, 3rd and 6th Dec where the results of the national team’s games were supposed to be reported.

    http://50.7.16.234/hadas-eritrea/haddas … 112013.pdf
    http://50.7.16.234/hadas-eritrea/haddas … 122013.pdf
    http://50.7.16.234/hadas-eritrea/haddas … 122013.pdf

    Eritrea’s Ministry of Information official website and the country’s only official news site shabait.com has boycotted the competition as well. Both news organizations have never mentioned the CECAFA competitions in their news coverages. So if the Eritrean public’s only sources of news are Hadas Eritrea, shaebiat and etc, then they would not know the competition was going on!

    Check the sites for yourselves:

  • abel December 15, 2013

    Good news more %2 tax payers for Eritrea God bless them

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