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GABORONE, Botswana (APP) – Ten footballers from Eritrea’s national squad are seeking political asylum in Botswana, where on Tuesday they played in a qualifier for the 2018 World Cup, an Eritrean non-governmental organisation said Thursday.


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“About 10 football players from the country declined to board a plane home (Wednesday) morning, stating that they needed political asylum,” said Dick Bayford, a human rights lawyer representing the Pretoria-based Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights. “They were then taken into custody for interviewing.”