Conflict & Justice

Eritrean Soccer Players Making a New Home in the US

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Eritrean soccer players with Dario Lipovac (Photo: Dario Lipovac)

Last year, 13 players from Eritrea's national soccer team defected while playing in a tournament in Tanzania.

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Several of those players have since ended up in Houston, Texas under a US refugee resettlement program.

Dario Lipovac is the resettlement coordinator for the YMCA in Houston.

He's also a soccer fanatic.

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks to Lipovac and former national Eritrean soccer player, Daniel Ogbagebriel Etbarek.