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Eritrea's national soccer team disappears, believed defected

Almost the entire Eritrean squad is missing after a tournament in Uganda.
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In December 2009 a dozen players from Eritrea's national football team (above) went missing after a competition in Kenya. Now, 17 members of the national squad have disappeared after playing a tournament in Uganda. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Most of Eritrea's national soccer team has disappeared, believed to have defected after a tournament in Uganda.

Seventeen of the squad's 22 players, plus the team doctor, failed to turn up for their flight home today, BBC Sport reported.

They haven't been seen since Sunday, the day after they played their final match in the Cecafa Cup, a regional tournament organized by the the Council for East and Central Africa Football Association and held this year in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

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