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Morocco footballers stuck in Guinea during coup attempt

  • Published at 02:51 am September 6th, 2021
Morocco national team
The Morocco national football team are seen leaving Guinea

Scheduled to face Guinea in a Monday qualifier for the 2022 World Cup, the Moroccans "are safe and currently in a hotel some way away from where things are tense"

Morocco's national football team was "safe" Sunday in the Guinean capital Conakry, a Moroccan official said, after army putschists said they had staged a coup in the west African country.

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Scheduled to face Guinea in a Monday qualifier for the 2022 World Cup, the Moroccans "are safe and currently in a hotel some way away from where things are tense", Mohamed Makrouf of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) told AFP.

The federation "is working on evacuating the team today. There's already a plane at the airport", he added.

In a statement, world football body FIFA said the match would be postponed "to ensure the safety and security of all players and to protect all match officials".

Heavy gunfire was heard in central Conakry on Sunday, as the putschists claimed they had arrested President Alpha Conde, sending AFP a video showing the head of state surrounded by soldiers.

But the government said in a statement of its own that it had "repulsed" an attack on the presidential palace.

Guinea -- one of the world's poorest countries despite boasting significant mineral resources -- has long been beset by political instability.