Morocco international player Nayed Aguerd has explained how his teammates were really scared as the Guinea-coup unfolded near their hotel on Sunday.
The Atlas Lions’ squad were staying in a hotel close to the presidential palace in the Guinean capital Conakry, where they were able to hear the lengthy gunfire as a unit of elite soldiers overthrew President Alpha Conde.
“We underwent very difficult moments that we had never imagined we would experience,” Aguerd told the official website of the Moroccan FA (FMRF).
“We were really scared but security at the hotel was tight. I thank the King for everything,” the France-based defender added.
Although concrete details have yet to emerge, King Mohammed VI is understood to have played a key role in overseeing the safe release of the Moroccan delegation from Guinea.
“We left the country thanks to the King, whom I want to thank on behalf of the whole team,” coach Vahid Halilhodzic told the FMRF.
Aguerd’s fellow defender and PSG player Achraf Hakimi confirmed the tension in the Moroccan squad, who had been set to play a World Cup qualifier on Monday in Guinea prior to its cancellation.
“The situation was really hard,” he told reporters.
“Players were scared as we heard gunshots outside. My club PSG were anxious about me and the other players, asking me what was happening in a bid to find a way to help us. We had never seen this before.”
As evening started to fall in Conakry, the Moroccans finally got the all-clear from their embassy to leave their hotel and make the trip to the international airport.
Despite Guinea’s borders being closed that day, the plane carrying both the Moroccans and match officials was given special dispensation to leave.
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By FARPost Reporter