Tanzania has rejected the asylum request of 13 Red Sea players during the Cecafa Cup, after all of them underwent interviews with the country's Home Affairs department.
The Ministry said in a statement that the players’ appeal was unsuccessful as reported on Daily News.
“The players’ applications have been rejected as they do not meet criteria for refugee status,” read the statement signed by the ministry’s spokesperson, Isaac Nantanga.
“One of the criteria is for the applicant to produce a well-founded fear of being tortured or persecuted.”
The incidents are a trend with the Eritrean players. In 2009 during the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup that was staged in Nairobi, twelve players could not be traced.
They did not show up at the airport as planned. They were later granted asylum in the country.
In 2007 the case was no different, as they vanished as soon as they played Kenyan Premier League side Tusker in the Caf Champions League. They applied for asylum in Angola.
The players will be deported back to Eritrea.