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Eritrean footballers on the run face anxious wait in push for safe haven

Four players hiding in Uganda since December 2019 are waiting for a resolution and wondering what might have beenFor Hanibal Tekle, the news that Robel Teklemichael had become only the second Eritrean footballer to cross the border and sign a professio…

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Eritrean footballers on the run face anxious wait in push for safe haven

Four players hiding in Uganda since December 2019 are waiting for a resolution and wondering what might have beenFor Hanibal Tekle, the news that Robel Teklemichael had become only the second Eritrean footballer to cross the border and sign a professio…

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Fears grow over seven Eritrea football internationals on the run in Uganda

Players fled after tournament and are seeking asylumWorries they could be captured and punished ‘as traitors’Seven Eritrea internationals who have been in hiding in Uganda for more than six months fear being captured and sent home “as traitors” if they…

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‘If they find us it’s death or kidnap’: the Eritrean footballers on the run

As Eritrea internationals use matches abroad to defect and seek asylum, we speak to one of the players hiding in UgandaThe moment Mewael Yosief had been waiting for all his life came a few hours after what should have been the pinnacle of his young foo…

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Daniel Teklehaimanot: ‘I’m proud to be an Eritrean riding the Tour de France’

The first African to wear the King of the Mountains jersey talks about why, for a country of cycling fanatics, this is a dream come true

Daniel Teklehaimanot has a lot of firsts weighing on his shoulders. On Thursday, he became the first African rider to win the coveted King of the Mountains jersey in the Tour de France, racing as part of the first African team to compete in it, MTN-Qhubeka.

For weeks now, the term “making history” has been following this impossibly tall, softly spoken Eritrean cyclist around. Along with his team-mate, Merhawi Kudus who, at 21, is the youngest tour rider this year, he is the first black African to compete in the world’s biggest bike race.

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We couldn’t be more ready, says first African team to enter Tour de France

MTN-Qhubeka will make history tomorrow at start of the world’s biggest bike race. They’re aggressive, cohesive and ready to compete, says Richard Poplak

Cycling is arguably the most brutal voluntary activity on earth, matching the demands of all other blood sports – war and politics included.

Douglas Ryder, the impresario behind Africa’s first cycling team MTN-Qhubeka, knows all this. Back in 2007, Ryder founded what had long been considered an impossibility: an African-owned, African-sponsored, African-managed professional cycling team designed to race the Grand Tours in general and the Tour de France in particular.

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Two Eritrean cyclists to make history for MTN-Qhubeka at Tour de France

• Merhawi Kudus and Daniel Teklehaimanot named in nine-man team
• MTN-Qhubeka will be first African team to ride Tour de France

Two Eritrean cyclists will be the first from their country to compete in the Tour de France after being picked by the MTN-Qhubeka team.

The South Africa-based team, the first from Africa to gain a Tour place, selected the 21-year-old climbers Merhawi Kudus and Daniel Teklehaimanot in their final nine-man group on Tuesday.

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Two Eritrean cyclists to make history for MTN-Qhubeka at Tour de France

• Merhawi Kudus and Daniel Teklehaimanot named in nine-man team
• MTN-Qhubeka will be first African team to ride Tour de France

Two Eritrean cyclists will be the first from their country to compete in the Tour de France after being picked by the MTN-Qhubeka team.

The South Africa-based team, the first from Africa to gain a Tour place, selected the 21-year-old climbers Merhawi Kudus and Daniel Teklehaimanot in their final nine-man group on Tuesday.

Continue reading…