Soldiers claim to have dissolved Guinea’s government on Sunday
Morocco’s national team is stuck in Guinea, where they were due to play a World Cup qualifier on Monday after an attempted coup in the capital, Conakry, on Sunday.
Soldiers appeared on national television claiming to have dissolved the government, despite the Defense Department saying the attempted takeover was foiled by the Presidential Guard.
The fate of Guinea’s President Alpha Condé remains unclear after an unconfirmed video showed him surrounded by soldiers after hours of heavy gunfire near the presidential palace.
Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic told L’Equipe in France that he heard gunshots ‘nearly the whole day’ and that some of its players were concerned.
The Moroccan team is led by Wolves defender Roman Saiss and also includes QPR striker Ilias Chair and Watford duo Adam Masina and Imran Louza.
Guinean journalist Cellou Diallo told BBC Sport Africa that Morocco has received permission from its embassy to travel to the airport, where the Moroccan Federation plane is ready to evacuate the players.
Both the Moroccan delegation and the Cameroonian matchmasters have been assigned an escort to the airport, he added.
“Guinea’s borders are currently closed, but the Moroccans and match officials have been granted special permission to leave,” added Diallo, who often reports for Canal +.
Both the world association Fifa and the Confederation of African Football (Caf) have published a joint statement on the game.
“The current political and security situation in Guinea is rather volatile and is being closely monitored by Fifa and Caf,” it says. “To ensure the safety of all players and to protect all match officials, Fifa and Caf have decided to postpone the game.”
In the square itself Namibia caused a surprise in the 1-0 victory in Group H. Go.
Elmo Kambindu scored a spectacular free kick from above in the second half, the goal standing despite televised reports suggesting the striker was offside.
After scoring a point against the Congo on Wednesday, the Namibians take the lead, but Senegal, who beat Togo in the opening game, can take a win in Brazzaville on Tuesday.
Previously, Rwanda were drawn with a 1-1 draw by Kenya with Michael Olunga’s goal in the 9th minute, which was made up shortly afterwards by Abdul Rwatubyaye.
On Sunday evening, Gabon – beaten 2-1 in Libya on Friday – hosts on Egypt With Mohamed Salah, who missed the opening win against Angola due to travel complications related to Covid.