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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Thank You Zeresenay Tadesse! for your commitment to ERITREA's Martyrs.

Thank You Zeresenay Tadesse! for your commitment to ERITREA's Martyrs.

Isn’t it great when you can do something great for yourself while doing something positive and most of all very memorable? A Running race is the perfect way to merge those passions. In Eritrea running is a fairly new sports compared to cycling and soccer. Thanks to Olympic medalist Zeresenay Tadesse and Eritrean-American Meb Kiflezghi, these days Eritrea seems to be doing pretty good as running has become a growing sport. I have always been an advocate of 10K runs or some type of event in every corner of the world that Eritreans live in during a time when Martyr's day on June 20 takes place each year. It is a great way to commit ourselves to ERITREA's biggest cause while also staying healthy. I wanted to see something like that start in ERITREA and had written about it on this very blog a few years ago. 

It makes me proud that Zeresenay Tadesse the most humble Eritrean runner has got the nation moving and did it during the martyrs day week in ERITREA's capital city Asmara. According to the news media from Eritrea, "Every mosque and church in Eritrea held remembrance and dedication prayers on the morning of June 19. Moreover the morning was glorified by a running event sponsored and organized by the Olympic medalist Zeresenay Tadesse on the eve of June 20, Eritrea’s Martyrs Day.  The event took place in Asmara in two sections. The first road race of 10k started at the Bahti Meskerem Square, for professionals, representing several teams from all over the country. The second segment involved a wide range of voluntary participants of all ages, including ministers and officials." What a great way to bring the country together for a common cause while also helping the sport of running grow, as well as creating a healthy atmosphere for people. It is a well know fact that Zeresenay in the past has also donated and contributed to the martyrs fund. I personally wish to see events like the ones in Eritrea spread all over the world for the future. While it may require some organizing and managing it is similar to when we all gather round to commemorate it anywhere. 

Through a running races we can eventually raise funds for our martyrs families while honoring their sacrifice, which lets us support this important cause close to our hearts. Once again Thank you Zeresenay for starting a running event in ERITREA! not only have you showed that you are the worlds greatest half marathon runner but one of the world's class act people who has always stood by his Government, people and country.

Zelalemawi Zikr' Swatna.

Eri-International sports.








ERITREAN Riders will participate in Tour De France: A historic achievement for Africa.
A wildcard invitation to the Tour De France by South African team MTN-Qhubeka has five African riders on the team. The event which will take place between July 4-26 will include Eritrea’s Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus, 21. Natnael Berhane was left out even though the entire Eritrean team did well in their last event. The Tour De France is the top race for cycling since it's start in 1903. Next week on Saturday as most of you watch the event along with fire works for the celebrations of the independence day in the USA, you can see that the passion for Cycling in Eritrea is very high. Congratulations to Both Daniel and Merhawi and hopefully they will perform and compete with some of the veterans who will be very tough. In an interview from last weeks's victory this is what Daniel had to say, "To wear the flag of Eritrea at the Tour de France will be very special and I will try to do everyone proud. "




Meanwhile for those who may have questions about the Tour De France here is some information that may help you become a fan from the get go. There are twenty two teams including the Africans MTN competing in 21 stages. The Hardest stages will more than likely be Everyone will have their personal favourite, but the cobbles between Seraing and Cambrai will turn stage four into a mini Paris-Roubaix. For climbing fans, the 13.8km ascent up the 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez (below) on the penultimate day of the race should be spectacular.





What are the dates of the Tour in 2015?

The 102nd edition of the Tour de France begins in Utretcht, Holland on July 4. The race features 21 stages, plus two rest days, before ending in Paris on July 26.

What is the route?

The Tour begins in Holland - the sixth time the grand départ has been staged in the country - before moving into Belgium and then northern France. The route winds into Brittany before moving to the south-west of France and then across the country to Alpe d'Huez, before the traditional finale on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.


There are nine flat stages, three hilly stages, seven mountain stages including five summit finishes, one individual time trial and one team time trial. Total distance of the route is 3,360km.

What do the different shirts mean?

The yellow jersey is worn by the leader of the general individual time classification.
The green jersey is given to the leader of the points classification (won on the intermediate sprints and at the stage).
The red polka dot jersey is worn by the best climber. Points are allocated at the top of any classified slope.
The white jersey is given to the best young rider aged 25 or under in the general individual time classification.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Another Eritrean connection in the Big leagues: This time in the National Hockey League.

It was around a year ago when Eritrean's found out that an Eritrean-American from San Diego made it to the NFL after being drafted by the NY Giants. Nat Berhe who has been nursing a calf injury this spring should be ready to play this fall after what should be a great summer training camp. He has every opportunity and the talent to go along with it. Nat Berhe whose father is an Eritrean was the talk of the Eritrean social media and news after the NFL draft last year. 










It seems like another Eritrean Oliver Kylington (pronounced Shylington) has been drafted in the second round by the Calgary Flames of the NHL. So to the Eritrean community in Calgary here is another reason to go cheer the flames in the upcoming season. Oliver whose mother is an ERITREAN grew up in Sweden where his father was a Swede hand ball player. He played competitive soccer as a kid. Born in May 1997 he has grown up to be a very quick athlete on the ice and off the ice. His ability to move fast has earned him a spot on the Swedish club team AIK as well as the under 18 Swedish national team. Even though a defence man he has been able to score goals through his ability to move fast. As a second round draft pick and a player who has a lot of talent he should see some action with the Calgary Flames right away.


Here is the scouting report on Oliver and we wish him the best of luck as he makes a career in the NHL probably the best professional hockey league in the world.




• A two-way defenseman, Kylington split the 2014-15 season between Farjestad of the Swedish Hockey League (2-3—5 in 18 GP) and AIK of Sweden’s second division (4-3—7 in 17 GP). He also suited up for 10 games with Farjestad’s junior team, registering 4-3—7 in 10 appearances. In 2013-14, Kylington became the youngest player to score a goal in SHL history (16 years, 4 months, 10 days) after netting the game-winner in his Farjestad debut.

• Internationally, Kylington has represented Sweden at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. He was unable to participate in the 2015 World Junior Championship due to injury.

• Lists Johnny Oduya of the Chicago Blackhawks and Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, both fellow blueliners, among his favorite NHL players.

Eri-International sports blog.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

ተሓጋጋዚ ኢንተርናሽናል ዳኛ በርሀ ተስፋገርግሽ ኣብ ዋንጫ ዓለም ዳንዩ                     
Courtesy (Hadas Eritrea)

ተሓጋጋዚ ኢንተርናሽናል ዳኛ በርሀ ተስፋገርግሽ፡ ካብ 30 ግንቦት ክሳብ 20 ሰነ 2015 ኣብ ኒውዝላንድ ዝተኣንገደ፡ ዋንጫ ዓለም ትሕቲ 20 ዓመት ዳንዩ። ነቲ 24 ሃገራት ዝተሳተፈኦ ውድድር፡ ፊፋ ካብ ዝተፈላለያ ሃገራት ዝመረጾም 51 ደያኑ፡ መዲቡ ነይሩ። ካብ’ዚኦም ብቕዓቶም ኣብ ነፍሲ ወከፍ ዝምደቡሉ ጸወታ እናተመዝነ፡ ንግጥም ፍጻመን ንደረጃን ዝመርሑ 12 ደያኑ ተሓርዮም ተረፉ። ኤርትራዊ በርሃ ተስፋገርግሽ ምስ ጉጅለኡ፡ ምስራዊ ማእከላይ ዳኛ ግረሽያ፡ ከምኡ ድማ ሱዳናዊ ተሓጋጋዚ ዳኛ ወሊድ ዓሊ፡ ብምዃን፡ ክሳብ መወዳእታ ገጻት ናይ ግጥማት ብምብጻሕ፡ ንግጥም ደረጃ ሃገራውያን ጋንታት፡ ማሊ ኣንጻር ሰኔጋል ዳንዩ። ተሓጋጋዚ ኢንተርናሽናል ዳኛ በርሀ፡ ፈለማ ኣብ ናይ ምድብ ጸወታታት፡ ግጥም ኦስትርያ ኣንጻር ፓናማ፡ ቀጺሉ ኣብ ግጥም ርብዒ ፍጻመ፡ ማሊ ኣንጻር ጋና ምስ ዳነየ፡ ኣብ መወዳእታ ድማ ናይ ደረጃ ግጥም ኣብ መንጎ ሰኔጋልን ማሊን መሪሑ። ኣብ’ቲ ብርክት ዝበለ ፍጻመታት ዘኣንገደ ግጥም፡ ኦስትርያ ኣንጻር ፓናማ፡ ተሓጋጋዚ ኢንተርናሽናል ዳኛ በርሀ ተስፋገርግሽ፡ ብዘርኣዮ በስለት ዝመልኦ ኣመራርሓ፡ ከም በዓል ሃዋርድ ወብን ማሲሞ ቡሳካን ናይ ዝኣመሰሉ ሓለፍቲ ዳንነት ኣብ ፊፋ ኣድናቖት ከትርፍ ከም ዝኸኣለ ተፈሊጡ። ከም ውጽኢቱ ድማ፡ ናብ ዝሰዓበ ዓበይቲ መድረኻት ክሰግር በቒኡኡ።
ኢንተርናሽናል ተሓጋጋዚ ዳኛ በርሀ ተስፋገርግሽ፡ ኣብ ቦኽሪ እግሩ፡ ንኸም’ዚ ዝበለ ዓቢ ውድድር፡ ክሳብ መዛዘሚ ምብጽሑ ዘሐብን ደረጃ እዩ። እዚ ድማ ንኩዕሶ እግሪ ሃገርናን ደያኑናን ዓቢ ፍናን ኮይኑ ኣሎ። ኢንተርናሽናል ተሓጋጋዚ ዳኛ በርሀ ተስፋገርግሽ፡ ኣብ ወርሒ መጋቢት ናይ’ዚ ዓመት፡ ኣብ ሰኔጋል ንዝተኻየደ ውድድር ትሕቲ 20 ዓመት ሃገራት ኣፍሪቃ፡ ብብቕዓት ካብ ዝዳነዩ ብምዃን’ዩ ብፊፋ ተመሪጹ እዩ ኣብ ውድድር ዋንጫ ዓለም ክሕረ ዝበቕዐ።

Thomas Kelati signs two more seasons with Murcia.


Eritrean-American basketball star Thomas Kelati now at 32 years of age seems to be progressing well despite a couple of minor injuries recently. Kelati who has been an important figure in the European basketball scene seems to have made Spain his home throughout his career. He has played in 154 games with 4 powerful teams in the Spanish basketball team including Unicaja Malaga, Valencia, Laboral Kutxa and the past year with UCAM Murcia where he played big roles scoring 18 points in his last two matches. He has also shown a lot of maturity and has been a class act on and off the field. 

One of the most important players in the European game Kelati has been able to score, assist, play defense and guard during important moments. The Washington State University alumni and a former All-Pac standout for the cougars Kelati has made many fans happy with his play at the Palacio de los Deportes. The city of Murcia has also been home to another Eritrean soccer standout in Henok Goitom where he was a star player. Look for Kelati next season as the Spanish League even becomes more exciting along with the European circuit. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

To all lovers of sports,

     Eri-international sports is back once again to provide some timely and important sports articles. As a result of the many likes we have gotten on FB it has become the duty of the blog to provide educational sports feature information related to Eritrean and Eritreans Diaspora athletes and athletics. We shall keep you informed while also bring you some fresh information that will motivate you and your community. College sports, Professional sports as well as other important information through many different mediums in the social media sphere will be provided.

Thank you for the support and hope that this blog will serve as your spot for sports information related to Eritrea and the Eritrean diaspora. We will also feature other international sports stories that can motivate and educate.

From Eri-International sports.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Eritrea: Still waiting for the big world cup day but CECAFA 2011 here we come.

     OK! May some of us might be a bit ambitious about our young Red Sea boys making it to the next round of the world cup qualifying but it did not happen as an up and coming Rwanda team beat Eritrea at Amahoro stadium in Kigali by the score of 3-1. Eritrean players should pick their head up and get ready for what will be another great event taking place in Tanzania starting on November 24th, 2011.  In order to achieve the goals of getting to the African nations cup and a crack at the 2018 world cup in Russia, Eritrea must start building today. All players and fans as well as the Eritrean soccer federation must make it a national campaign to see to it that Eritrean soccer players are well maintained and given the opportunity to shine at the highest levels.  One thing we all as Eritrean nationals learned from the past couple of years is that our athletes have been used for political gain. It was not cool to see the mention of soccer players escaping to other countries to defame Eritrea as was indicated on Wiki leaks.  “Many dusty streets in Asmara are filled with urchins kicking an old sock stuffed with rags back and forth between goals made of piled stones,” the cable said. It went on to indicate that Eritreans are passionate about the game at the highest levels. Wouldn't you be if your country has always been so good at the game producing outstanding talent but never to make it to the international soccer scene due to the many political distractions caused by outsiders?


     History clearly indicates that the passion of the game derives from the great players of the country who happen to be the founders of not Eritrean soccer alone but African soccer in general. However due to the fact that this country of Eritrea was subjugated and occupied by force, the potential of the Eritrean soccer players never really materialized. Enter the 1990's when Eritrea for a short time enjoyed it's moment to shine.  It was just starting to grow the seed of the future when in 1994 a group of youngsters went to the Scandinavian countries to compete in the Norway, Dana, and Europe's top youth cup the Gothia Cup in Sweden. The Eritrean teams made us all proud and by now could have made some headlines individually or as a team. Even an internationally acclaimed player spoke highly of them as Ronaldinho of Brazil was a participant at the same event. However another chapter in the countries short term peace was once again distracted as a war was waged on the entire nation including the soccer program I may add as many of the talent pool had to defend their nation. As a result the process of restructuring the national program has become a bit difficult. In an internet discussion group some of us were discussing why players leave and could it be for selfish reasons? 
(Names have been omitted to keep the discussion private) But indeed it is great to see Eritreans discuss this sports matter in an open forum)
One person wrote
"Can we just stop walking on EGGSHELLS and call this for what it is? A bunch of selfish ambitious obnoxious soccer players that don't have a problem embarrassing or throwing their country under the bus for their own gain.  Thank you."

Another replied to the writer above,
"before accusing these youngsters of throwing their country under the bus for their own gain, we need to ask a qeustion if the Eritrean Soccer Federation is doing its best to retain young talent or if it has created some type of systemic incentives to retain their passion for sport as well their passion for the country.  Remember, a young MIND is a Dreamer and also Adventurer but it is also Vulnerable.  The Federation and the Government must pay close attention to these sort of talent-drain instead of simply describing in one sentence saying, "This problem is not Eritrean only, this is a problem of African youths all over the world.“

Like most youth in Africa and Eritrea who in my opinion have an idea that immigration would bring better opportunities, for some it may be the right thing to do but based on many experiences for most it has been a tough battle to make it in professional athletics as it is in regular life.  The New York times wrote an article on the Eritrean soccer players travels to Rwanda for the world cup qualifications titled, "Where soccer has been a one-way ticket out" and to me this indicates that the interest of this media coverage by one of the world's leading papers is motivated by what has happened in the past couple of years. The negativity of the stories that filled headlines everywhere indicating that Eritrea was this horrible place that treated it's people bad and a bunch of other lies were the motivations for past articles and this article is a follow up to that. If this publication or for that matter any other publication that wants to tear apart the Eritrean people and govt. had any decency they would have written about the just ended CYCLING race for the continent of Africa in which Eritrea shined as host and participant. Better yet forget the sports headlines for a moment the New York times had a story on it's step yard when 8,000 Eritreans flocked from all over the USA to meet and greet their President in September 2011 but not a single story indicating what took place. Why? Because Eritrea and it's people were the biggest stars sports or not on that day. 

     In any case while the loss to Rwanda will keep Eritrea out of the next world cup in Brazil, Eritrea has a chance to shine in the adult version of the CECAFA cup taking place later this month in Tanzania. Eritrean players have a chance to redeem themselves and get their first big trophy in soccer as they face 11 other teams with Malawi being the only guest team in this big event. Eritrea will be in Group C along side Sudan, Kenya and Malawi. Meanwhile Group A will have Tanzania, Rwanda, Djibouti and Ethiopia, while Group B will have Uganda, Burundi, Zanzibar and Somalia. Most of Eritrea's players are from the CECAFA under 20 championships that made it to the finals in Asmara last year and with a great future ahead of them, I hope to see them put Eritrea on the right path to success. Meanwhile may be they can learn a little from Coach Negash Teklit who played for the first Eritrean team to play in CECAFA in 1994 and is currently setting a positive example of trying to maintain a strong National team as a coach despite many obstacles.

Good Luck to Eritrea and like everything else in the nation building process the Eritrean national soccer team will one day reap the benefits and will make the country proud.

Mike Seium
Eri-International sports