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Red Sea FC were knocked out of the Cecafa championship in Tanzania

Tanzania has rejected an asylum request by 13 young Eritrean footballers who refused to return home after a regional tournament in July.

The footballers had failed to prove that their lives would be in danger in Eritrea, a government spokesman said.

A UN official said an appeal would be made to other countries to give refuge to the former Red Sea FC players.

Young Eritreans often try to escape poverty, a repressive government and national military service.

Tanzania’s home affairs ministry spokesman Isaac Nantanga told the BBC the players seemed to have applied for asylum because they wanted “greener pastures” – not because of a lack of security in Eritrea…