Eritrean female footballers go missing as their tournament enters high gear

Kiira Regional Police Spokesperson, ASP. James Mubi

JINJA, UGANDA: Kiira region police in conjunction with the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA), Eritrea’s CECAFA (Under- 20) U-20 Women’s football team and the Eritrean community is investigating circumstances surrounding the disappearance of five Eritrean sports personalities.

The regional police Spokesperson, Kiira Region, ASP James Mubi says that the five girls disappeared from their camp at Sunset hotel international in Jinja city at unknown morning hours of Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
”We are investigating circumstances under which five Eritrea’s women players went missing from their camp at Sunshine Hotel International in Jinja city,” ASP Mubi said.

Eritrea is among the countries participating in the ongoing CECAFA Women’s U-20 football tournament at FUFA Technical Centre Njeru that kicked off on October, 30 and it’s ending on November 9, this year.

”This is among the teams playing under 20 women’s football and the players put up in different Hotels in Jinja City. We’re investigating to assess the time at which the girls escaped but the information available says that there was conniving since they were sleeping in different Hotels,” Mubi added before cautioning whoever is housing these girls that they are involving in a criminal act or else should report the said girls to police.

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He further urged the remaining foreign players to be patient until the end of the tournament.

The players who disappeared were identified as Yisehaq Liwam Solomon 16, Mohammed Yordanos Abraham 17, Raka Shamat Futsum 18, Kahsay Rahel Michael 18 and Knfu Trhas Habate 19, all Eritrea Nationals.

Police cautioned players of the visiting teams to be patient and avoid tendencies of disappearing from their respective camps citing that those who disappeared, upon expiry of their Visas, their continued stay in Uganda will be illegal.

”These people will be charged with the case of disappearance in case they are found and they will be breaking the law if they happen to live in Uganda beyond validity of their Visas. Investigations are ongoing under CPS Jinja CRB 871/2021,” ASP Mubi said.

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