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Soccer: Two Congo players disappear in Rome

Flee team while at under-20 tournament

24 February, 14:09
Soccer: Two Congo players disappear in Rome (ANSA) - Rome, February 24 - The search continued Monday for two teenagers from the Republic of the Congo who disappeared while on a trip to Rome for a soccer tournament.

The youths, aged 16 and 17 years, are believed to be seeking refuge in Italy from the poverty in their African state, which borders the much larger Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The pair were playing in an international event, designed to showcase up-and-coming under 20 soccer talents, and representing their capital of Brazzaville.

The two teens had been staying in a hotel in the EUR region on the southern edge of Rome, and were expected to return home with the rest of their team.

Police say the pair disappeared Saturday after heading into Rome's historic centre, and authorities are now tracing mobile phone records and social networks including Facebook to try to track the teens.