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CAF Postpones Guinea’s World Cup Qualifier Over Coup

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided to postpone the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Guinea and Morocco because of military coup in Conakry.

The Group I clash between the two sides was set to be played at Stade General Lansana Conte, which is located few kilometres outside the Guinean capital on Monday.

In a press release, CAF said the decision was made based in order to ensure the safety and security of all players and to protect all match officials.

“The current political and security situation in Guinea is quite volatile and is being closely monitored by FIFA and CAF,” read the statement on CAF website.

“To ensure the safety and security of all players and to protect all match officials, FIFA and CAF have decided to postpone the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying match Guinea vs. Morocco, which had scheduled to be hosted in Conakry, Guinea, on Monday 6 September.

“Rescheduling information will be made available at a later date.”

Heavy gunfire erupted and fighting broke out near the presidential palace in the capital, Conakry, on Sunday morning, according to Reuters.

Morocco FA is in already in the process of evacuating the team from their hotel which is near the incident scene.

Sources indicate that the Special Forces team that captured the country’s President Alpha Conde are only interested in the presidential palace.

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