Wait a second, the third time? How did they end up back at home the other two times? Or do they keep having to find new players?
The Eritreans were knocked out of the Cecafa competition for East and Central African nations last week.
But when the team plane landed back home, it was reportedly only carrying the coach and an official.
The government, which is frequently accused of repression, denies any players are missing.
But the country's football federation confirmed to Cecafa head Nicholas Musonye that the players had not returned.
Mr Musonye told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme it was the third time the Eritrean team had failed to return home after a tournament.
Monday, December 14, 2009
According to the BBC, the Eritrean soccer team did not return from playing a tournament in Kenya.