Monday’s World Cup qualifier between Guinea and Morocco has been postponed after a military uprising in Guinea. The borders of the West African country were already closed on Sunday. Meanwhile, Morocco’s players are not allowed to leave their hotel.
Normally, the kick-off would be at 5 p.m. on Monday, but that will not happen. The African Football Association CAF has already canceled the match because “the current political and security situation in Guinea is very unstable and is being closely monitored by FIFA and the CAF.”
Soldiers in the capital Conakry have risen up against the ruling regime of President Alpha Conde. Meanwhile, the Moroccan national team anxiously awaits when they can leave the country. The team of national coach Halilhodzic is stranded in the hotel where they feel anything but safe.
“We’re at the hotel, gunshots can be heard nearby all day,” Halilhodzic told L’Equipe. “We are waiting for permission to leave for the airport, but we are stuck for now. There is a plane waiting for us, but we are not allowed to leave. And to get to the airport, it takes between 45 minutes and an hour. If you hear gunshots outside, safety is not 100% guaranteed.”