World Cup qualification between Morocco and Guinea was canceled due to a coup
The Moroccan national soccer team came to Guinea this weekend to play a World Cup qualifier. Leaving the country required an evacuation.
The World Cup qualifier between Morocco and Guinea was canceled on Sunday after the Guinean army reportedly arrested President Alpha Conde in a coup, ESPN said.
The Moroccan team was apparently evacuated in the hours following the coup. Midfielder Sofyan Amrabat posted a video of him and his teammates on a plane on his Instagram story. He also shared a video of the scene on site when the team was being transported by bus:
The Confederation of African Football released a statement confirming the decision to postpone the game, with a postponement planned at a later date:
The current political and security situation in Guinea is rather volatile and is being closely monitored by FIFA and the CAF.
In order to ensure the safety of all players and to protect all match officials, FIFA and CAF have decided to postpone the Guinea-Morocco qualifying game that will take place on Monday 6 September in Conakry, Guinea. .
Information on postponements will be announced at a later date.
A group of four Cameroonian match officials who were supposed to be overseeing the match are staying in Guinea, according to ESPN. The CAF has reportedly not yet confirmed how they will leave the country.
This is not the first time athletes’ lives have been turned upside down by political unrest this year as the travel plans of the two Paralympic athletes in Afghanistan shattered their Tokyo travel plans following the Taliban’s takeover of the country. The couple would later make it to Japan in time thanks to a flurry of support.
It was also only the second interruption of a World Cup qualifier on Sunday for unusual reasons, as a game between Brazil and Argentina was interrupted when Brazilian health officials stormed the field to arrest Argentine players who allegedly evaded COVID-19 quarantine procedures .