Eritrea withdrew from 2026 World Cup qualifying ‘over fears players will flee’ | Football

Eritrea’s football federation withdrew its men’s team from 2026 World Cup qualifying owing to fears that players would attempt to seek political asylum during trips abroad, according to sources close to the squad.

A joint statement from Fifa and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Friday said that “all of Eritrea’s matches have been cancelled”, a few days before they had been due to travel to face Morocco in their first fixture, but provided no explanation.

The Eritrean National Football Federation (ENFF) has yet to comment but it is understood that domestic-based…


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