We have read of African migrants going to European countries, sometimes through illegal routes, to seek for greener pastures.

And now we are puzzled about what may have happened to eight athletes from Team Cameroon in faraway Gold Coast, Australia.

Could it be that they have now used the opportunity of travelling for the Commonwealth Games to search for greener pastures?

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Or could it be that they are in danger and are not safe?

Are they even still alive and will still return to the team base?

These are some of the questions running through the minds of concerned Africans as eight Cameroonian athletes at the on-going Commonwealth Games have been declared missing.

“The Cameroon Commonwealth team is sad to announce that eight athletes are missing from their respective rooms in the Games village,’’ Team’s Chef de mission Victor Agbor Nso said in a statement in Sydney.

Nso said the athletes were three weightlifters and five boxers, adding that they left the athletes’ village in three waves over the past days.

The African nation has 42 athletes at the Games who will run until Sunday. Six of the missing eight had already competed in the Games competition.

Weightlifter Olivier Matam and boxers Ndzie Tchoyi and Simplice Fotsala have not been located since they failed to compete on Tuesday, and two other athletes have also disappeared.

Cameroonian weightlifters Aka Angeline Filji and Mikoumba Petit David also disappeared earlier this Games.

The additional missing athletes are boxers Fokou Arsene, Christelle Ndiang and Yombo Ulrich.

We wish them safe return.

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