Eritrea players

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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Nickel

On understandable basis are players refusing to go back, One cannot be forced in this Era in time to join the Army. Civilization has long taken place in Africa and at this point in time its least expected from Eritrean Authorities to forcefully order players to join less we lived in 16th Century. The government of Botswana is expected to act accordingly with issue if they care about the said Players`welfare.

eritrean

They are lying. Send them back to Eritrea.

henzo

send them back to their country we dont want trouble,u never know these rebelious countries…we dont want wars and rebels in our country…

You can’t hide the truth you are DICTATORS [email protected] .

Mengis

These young men are not the first to do this. Many Eritrean national team players have absconded several times before. This issue does not even warrant any investigation. There is some thing seriously wrong in side Eritrea. And that, my fellow Africans is Isaise Afwerki. The dictator.

somebody

if you forcibly send those who refuse to go back ..surly they will end up in container prison for the rest of their life labeled as a traitor …

somebody

if you forcibly send those who refuse to go back ..surly they will end up in container prison for the rest of their life labeled as a traitor …

Segen

Please listen to them if you send them back they could be killed.

peter

They face no problem in Eritrea and they are exempt from National service. They want to get legally accepted in the US. So they claim asylum. It is a known trick even other nationalities use the Eritrean
Identities to get access to the west because you are automatically accepted if one is Eritrean.

somebody

if you send forcibly those who refuse to go back ..surly they will end up in container prison for the rest of their life labeled as traitor

peter

They face no problem in Eritrea and they are exempt from National service. They want to get legally accepted in the US. So they claim asylum. It is a known trick even other nationalities use the Eritrean
Identities to get access to the west because you are automatically accepted if one is Eritrean.

hara

they should get asylum, please don’t send them back home. they will kill them. the holl world knows whats going on in eritrea .as long as this dictator in the seat we not going to have peace
may god with you brothers
i will pray for you

gual ali

Very Sorry to read send them home… Why you are not live in the real World. In Eritrea they can not live as they wish as you live with your Kids aboard. Pls do not weite bulshit words, bacause you love your buildings in eritrea and living somewhere in Democracy countries.you Travel to eritrea once a year. Pls send your children to sawa you will neuer See them again.
Do not sag send them they have a right to seek asylum and Teilung the truth. ""Stop slaveryin eritrea"""

Goitom

Government of bostwana please do not back to eritrea our brothers .when they back to their land ,they do not live more.do you in eritrea so many journalist and politician in prison so many years with out law!!!!!!!

Awet

This is a historic moment for Botswana in the eyes of the Eritrean people. The players are genuine asylum seekers and their claim should be delt in accordance to the refugee law standards as opposed to the undertable deplomacy and cheap politics. The life of the players is at stake here. Eritrea has been known for gross violation of human rights of its citizens by the most represive regime. The victims are always those who live in the country. Those who live abroad are well come to the country and they can enjoy everything the countey can offer at a… Read more »

Awet

This is a historic moment for Botswana in the eyes of the Eritrean people. The players are genuine asylum seekers and their claim should be delt in accordance to the refugee law standards as opposed to the undertable deplomacy and cheap politics. The life of the players is at stake here. Eritrea has been known for gross violation of human rights of its citizens by the most represive regime. The victims are always those who live in the country. Those who live abroad are well come to the country and they can enjoy everything the countey can offer at a… Read more »

Meron

As an Eritrean I am happy to see eritreans asking for freedom. Because nobody should be forced to be in Army. That is one form of slavery. Thank you fellow Africans for being on our side on fighting a dictator

Meron

As an Eritrean I am happy to see eritreans asking for freedom. Because nobody should be forced to be in Army. That is one form of slavery. Thank you fellow Africans for being on our side on fighting a dictator

semere

Pls help them

semere

If they send them to eritrean they will kill them and put in container prison .dictator goverment killed many innocent people .The whole world know what’s going on in eritrea pls Botswana save them .

semere

If they send them to eritrean they will kill them and put in container prison .dictator goverment killed many innocent people .The whole world know what’s going on in eritrea pls Botswana save them .

semere

If they send them to eritrean they will kill them and put in container prison .dictator goverment killed many innocent people .The whole world know what’s going on in eritrea pls Botswana save them .

yonas

Please, stop emotional comment, these players knows better than you, what is going happen if they returne to the hell
Eritrean rigime, torture, prisone and kill, period.

Fairplay

I do not agree with you. Every country has the right to choose its defense policy. Eritrea has chosen to have a compulsory military service as part of its defense. All men and women between 18 and 40 must take part of it. This is nothing new, old or different.

Fairplay

I do not agree with you. Every country has the right to choose its defense policy. Eritrea has chosen to have a compulsory military service as part of its defense. All men and women between 18 and 40 must take part of it. This is nothing new, old or different.

Deborah Mmala S

I saw this players,as they played u could easily see that there’s a proplem back home.PLIS SAVE THEM.U plainly can see or hear that theres Pharoah back home.Im praying for u guys.Help in Jesus name.I was homeless you gave me shelter

Flower

you are right ,

Shewit

The Eritrean nation is synonymous with misery and prison. The country is under the UN sanction for various reasons and its citizens are leaving the country at alarming number. Eritreans are the third largest in the world to leave to just any where. According to many reliable sources, there are tens of thousands of political prisoners kept inside containers in Eritrea. Prominent Eritreans leaders including the G15 are rotting and dying with out due process since 2001. The cause? The medieval type barbaric rule of the tyrant known as Isais afeworki. The tyrant considers the country as his personal property… Read more »

Medi

I have fellowed a news about your fight against your dictator president to handover his power to the people of Burkinafaso. We Eritrean need to learn some thing to do the same for our dictator president Isayas afewerki because he is the cause of all this problems including this incident. So please we beg you with the name of God don’t send them back home. Thank you

Solomon

Please Botswana, don’t send them back to Eritrea, if u did so, they will end up their remaining life in a container. This innocent young Africans didn’t betray their country, they hate the dictator who is ruling the country since 1991 with out election and constitution. Please don’t send them back to eritrea
Pls don’t send them
Pls don’t send them
Pls don’t send them
Pls…………
Pls

Batswana have to.or another soldier ,another war another metal conflict

John Bonno

Let us have heart and give them assylum at least one year

samson eyob

Get a life dude!!!!

samson eyob

Get a life dude!!!!

The Rots

There is no smoke without fire…………if u r forced to do military work it means people are dying in numbers……..no peace in that country especially if its a one party state and has no journalism. My brothers of Africa Eritrea descent welcome to Botswana at least we will offer you divine peace

The Rots

There is no smoke without fire…………if u r forced to do military work it means people are dying in numbers……..no peace in that country especially if its a one party state and has no journalism. My brothers of Africa Eritrea descent welcome to Botswana at least we will offer you divine peace

Denden

Ik weet niet als jullie de geschiedenis van Nederland kennen.Dienstweigering, het openlijk weigeren om aan de dienstplicht te voldoen. Afhankelijk van het land, en van de redenen die de weigeraar aanvoert, kan dit legaal of illegaal zijn. Ontduiking van de dienstplicht is in veel landen strafbaar en leidt vaak tot gevangenisstraf, waarna men alsnog direct uit de gevangenis in dienst moet. Ook worden in veel landen, met name op het platteland, dienstontduikers gestigmatiseerd, zodat er een sociale druk bestaat zich (alsnog) te melden. Wanneer een dienstontduiker zichzelf alsnog meldt, kan hij gekort worden op de straf of wordt de straf… Read more »

Denden

Ik weet niet als jullie de geschiedenis van Nederland kennen.Dienstweigering, het openlijk weigeren om aan de dienstplicht te voldoen. Afhankelijk van het land, en van de redenen die de weigeraar aanvoert, kan dit legaal of illegaal zijn. Ontduiking van de dienstplicht is in veel landen strafbaar en leidt vaak tot gevangenisstraf, waarna men alsnog direct uit de gevangenis in dienst moet. Ook worden in veel landen, met name op het platteland, dienstontduikers gestigmatiseerd, zodat er een sociale druk bestaat zich (alsnog) te melden. Wanneer een dienstontduiker zichzelf alsnog meldt, kan hij gekort worden op de straf of wordt de straf… Read more »

Lucas Braden

It is so said to learn that our brothers still leave under a dictatorship government. Please my fellow states men, offer these players refuge. Life is tough for them back in their country.

Lucas Braden

It is so said to learn that our brothers still leave under a dictatorship government. Please my fellow states men, offer these players refuge. Life is tough for them back in their country.

Precilla P. Bonang

nnya’nnya bathong; le batla go re biletsa bo boko-haram….basimane bao, ga ba sechiwe thata….

That’s true guys let be in Bots. .thy are telling true

gugue

Botswana is the only country denying foreighners go to zim ,zambia ,mozambique its cool but here fucking bull shit

Moses

What a stupid comment! "Every country had the right to choose its defence policy. Eritrea had chosen a compulsory military service as part of its defence policy" Who is Eritrea? Isaiah Afewerki? A criminal thug of a dictator is Eritrea? The Botswana government will be breaking international law if it deports those who claim a genuine protection from a barbaric, savage regime with Isaiah Afewerki as its ugly head!

Moses

The Botswanan government risks breaking international law if it deports these players who require genuine protection from an unhinged tyrant dictator, Isaias Afewerki, who thinks Eritrea is his personal fiefdom and the people of Eritrea his slaves who must do his bidding. Indefinite national service, aka indirect slavery, is instituted and maintained to shield this paranoid schizophrenic dictator in charge of this abhorrent and vile system. It wouldn’t be surprising that this maniac is pleased with the tens of thousands of young people fleeing Eritrea, a vast, miserable prison, so that no one challenges his autocratic rule. As for Botswana… Read more »

God help those poor people they are very young…….i just wish Botswana leaders could discuss these matter and see how these people of God can be helped

God help those poor people they are very young…….i just wish Botswana leaders could discuss these matter and see how these people of God can be helped

Aman

Understand that these players are truly seeking asylum. The Eritrean regime is really wicked and evil. This regime has destroyed the country.

Aman

Understand that these players are truly seeking asylum. The Eritrean regime is really wicked and evil. This regime has destroyed the country.

Aman

Understand that these players are truly seeking asylum. The Eritrean regime is really wicked and evil. This regime has destroyed the country.