Host Ethiopia won’t allow Eritrea at East African tournament

KAMPALA, Uganda (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,

KAMPALA, Uganda (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.

The neighbors were at war between 1998 and 2000.

A group of 15 Eritrean players and a team doctor went missing and claimed political asylum at the 2012 CECAFA Cup in Uganda. Last month, 10 were granted asylum in Botswana having refused to return home following a World Cup qualifier.

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  • AHMED SALEH !!! February 6, 2017

    FIlmon aka NEFAHITTO
    Let the hate of people burn down your house because at the end of the day it bounce back to you .
    Once hate that consume the soul your kinds defeated you will endure internal pain and anger .
    Ethiopians and Eritreans will survive the dreads of demons possessed people control who struck
    blind to injure themselves . Open your eyes to bear witness of people resistances and open your
    ears to hear people’s voice . Soon you will see grand opening Asmara- Addis Abeba bus service .
    WEYANE – SHAEBIA leaderships secretive system of governance shaped to maintain dominate and
    to manipulate entire population will end soon after crimes committed for 25 years brought fear .
    Haile Sellasie , Menghistu Hailemariam never expected a strong military will abandon their rule .
    We can twist eye witness accounts and historical events but we can not break them in pieces .
    I wonder to understand the deep hate shown from Tigrigna speakers toward Eritreans comparing
    other ethnic groups inside Ethiopia . One day you preach about Tigrigna Christians then next day
    offensively inadequate remarks to invite provocation . AYTE LIBI TUWUYWAY have a life please

  • Eri February 6, 2017

    Well well well ,the at least can know who is belligerent her ,in one they ask peaceful negotiations and tell they friendly to Eritrean population and in other hand they refuse to meet with Eritrean even for sport that have nothing to do with politics .
    Are we surprise???? No of course that woyane mentality Amhara said ( IBAB ANDE RASU HULET MILASU)
    No need to go there ,who the hell care

  • hidat February 6, 2017

    NEBSU ZIXELEE SEB XIELEE YIZERIEE . KERNI AFRIKA LELII ZIKONE KALEEE KEBABITAT ALEMNA ASLAMAYU KISTANAYU TEFAKIRU KINEBRELU ZIXENHE BOTA EYU ..weyenti gin kulu mis feshelekum kon dokon ilkum tifitnewo zelekum kedem NEBER zikone nay haymanot agendakum ayserihin eyu. AB XAEREE MOT ZILE ZELEKUM BIZUH AYESEKIFENAN EYU.

  • PH February 6, 2017

    This way, Ethiopia is hosting politics! Not sports. If there is any reason to ban eritrean team should be told by whom it concerns. but it Ethiopia has no right at all.

    • alem February 6, 2017

      It shows how primitive and backward weyane is. They are just the other face of same coin with shaebia. I thought they were better than higdef.

  • Yohannes Beraki February 6, 2017

    Ph….. Well said you sound a very wise guy. Not like that ass hole pilmon , he sounds a f…ing idiotic Moran, we the Eritreans not known for terrorist movement or radical Islam, you sound so stupid.

  • AHMED SALEH !!! February 6, 2017

    Tonight invitation party from our friend chameleon aka NEFAHITO will close with AGAZI forces official
    slogan .
    Death to barbaric Islamic JEBHA .
    Death to Arabized barbaric SHAEBIA
    Death to Ghinbot 7 , OLF and other Amhara-Oromo remnants in diaspora .
    Long live Tigrai-Tigrigni under Ayte Tesfazion leadership .
    Hail the future black Hitler in the land of Habesha .

    Suggested dream
    Bellom , chefchifom . kitellom ane wedi …………….
    aytihazuni . aytilemunini , ghidefuni ……………… ZERAF -ZERAF – ZERAF ……………………
    Reality reflections
    Xelaetna Eritrawian – Amhara -Oromo – Islam , Arabs , different eye colors ………
    woye-woye-woye rugumat weyane lekemuna Eba uway-ane-uway-uway ………
    Neghusna weridu men iyu arigu woye -woye anta chenawi Tesfazion awaridkana khedka .

  • alem February 6, 2017

    Weyane should not have baned eriortrean soccer team. It is poor political decision and totally unnecessary. The players would not have been allowed to go to play in ethiopia by iseyas for many reasond. 1) it is extreemely easy to seek asylum in ethiopia, so it would be a free visa for the players to flee eritrea. 2) every body in ethiopia can help u if u want to remain and ask asylum encouraging every one to abandon the squad. So it would have been a defeat to iseyas if they were invited instead of baned. Weyane fara primitive mikanom akaliom.

    • eri February 7, 2017

      Well it’s the opposite baby, woyane fear the great estim ethiopian have for eritrean, now they know who their enemy is,hope will from eritrea remember, if they want to flee it’s their, those who flow what did they got? ??
      Nothing,

  • Teclay February 7, 2017

    ኣየ ኣፍሪቃ መስሓቕን-መጉሃይን.
    This is another proof that there is no viable country in Africa .With out viable countries there is no credible institutions to relay on ….So,to have viable and solid institutions and countries,the current fake,colonial borders,which don’t have any meaning on the ground ,must be annulled for good…..The biggest mistake Africans have ever done so far is ==the 1964 Cairo declaration -to respect colonially drawn borders …….because of this idiotic and shameful resolution,we (Africans) have been paying all the scarifies and humiliation.

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