Eritrea has pulled out of the qualification campaign for the 2015 Africa Nations Cup, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed.
Eritrea did not give any reasons for withdrawing from the game. There are however reports that it could have withdrawn because of common defections by players.
Seventeen players from the Eritrean squad, plus the team doctor, absconded at the 2012 East and Central Africa Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda.
In 2011, 13 Eritrean players sought asylum in Tanzania after the same tournament, while 12 members of the Eritrea squad disappeared and sought asylum in Kenya during the regional tournament in 2009.