Eritrea withdraw from 2015 Africa Cup

Johannesburg: Eritrea withdrew from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying competition Sunday, the organisers said in a statement.

The `Red Sea Camels` were due to play fellow east Africans South Sudan during April in a two-leg preliminary tie.

No explanation was given for the pull-out, but it could be linked to continuous defections when Eritrean football teams visit other countries.

Nine players and a coach disappeared in Kenya last December when Eritrea were eliminated after the group stage of the East and Central Africa Senior Challenge Cup.

President Isaias Afewerki has ruled the one-party Horn of Africa country since independence from Ethiopia 21 years ago.