Guinea-Morocco qualifier off after coup d’etat

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Morocco’s national team have been evacuated from the Guinea capital Conakry and their World Cup qualifier against the West African country has been postponed because of a coup d’etat.

The Morocco camp boarded a plane after CAF released a statement confirming that the game will not take place.

The Atlas Lions have been told to remain inside their residence for the time being, and to stay away from windows and doorways.

“The current political and security situation in Guinea is quite volatile and is being closely monitored by FIFA and CAF,” CAF said in a statement.

“To ensure the safety and security of all players and to protect all match officials, FIFA and CAF have decided to postpone the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying match Guinea v Morocco, which had scheduled to be hosted in Conakry, Guinea, on Monday 6 September. Rescheduling information will be made available at a later date.”

Morocco trained in Guinea on Saturday shortly before the reported coup d’etat began, with hours of gunfire being heard in Conakry — in the vicinity of the presidential palace — according to the BBC.

The four Cameroonian match officials designated to oversee Monday’s fixture are also still in the country, with African football’s governing body yet to confirm how they will exit the country.

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By FARPost Reporter