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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 March 2007, 16:21 GMT 17:21 UK
Angola considers asylum claims
Flavio
Flavio scored twice in Angola's 6-1 thrashing of the Eritreans

Six Eritrean footballers have requested political asylum in Angola after their 2008 African Cup of Nations qualifier in Luanda on Sunday.

Senior immigration service official Antenio Armando told local radio that his department would be assessing the request.

"Our role is to determine whether or not it is possible to accord them the right to asylum after taking into account the reasons they have given," he said on Wednesday.

Angolan Football Federation secretary-general Augusto Silva confirmed the players had sought asylum after Sunday's Group Six qualifier.

The Palancas Negras beat Eritrea 6-1 to go five points clear in the group. The Eritreans are second.

Eritrea is a one-party state, with no free press of any kind.



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