Liverpool’s Naby Keita and Wolves’ Romain Saiss were among the players who had their World Cup qualifier postponed after an attempted coup took place in Guinea’s capital Sky Sports report.
Guinea and Morocco were scheduled to meet on Monday for the African qualifiers of the 2022 World Cup in Conakry, but FIFA and CAF decided to reschedule the game following hours of heavy gunfire around the presidential palace.
The source further reported that the Moroccan team and staff, including Saiss, QPR’s Ilias Chair, Watford’s Imran Louza and Adam Masina, and PSG’s Achraf Hakimi were escorted back home by their embassy in Guinea after being trapped in their hotel.
It is understood that Liverpool are in touch with Keita and his national team, which also includes Paul Pogba’s brother Florentin. The midfielder is safe and will return on Merseyside as soon as possible.
“The current political and security situation in Guinea is quite volatile and is being closely monitored by FIFA and CAF,” a joint statement by FIFA and CAF.
“To ensure the safety and security of all players and to protect all match officials, FIFA and CAF have decided to postpone the match.”
“Thank you all for the messages and the support, it has been a very intense day but thank God we are safe and sound in Morocco,” Hakimi tweeted on Sunday.