Guinea national team players unable to leave their country

Guinean players abroad became trapped in their country on Monday after the military overthrew the government and seized power in a coup t...

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Guinean players abroad became trapped in their country on Monday after the military overthrew the government and seized power in a coup the day before the national team played a World Cup qualifying match in the capital, Conakry.



Some members of the Guinea team were still at the team’s hotel in Conakry with players who were unable to leave the West African nation after the borders closed.

Guinean players receive help from their clubs but not even then can leave

Francois Kamano, Lokomitv player from Russia trapped with his team mates in Guinea by the coup. AP Photo.

Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow was trying to make plans for its forward Francois Kamano to return to Russia, it said, but had been unable to get him out. He was at home and communicating with the club staff.

“Due to the difficult political situation in Guinea at the present time, all routes are blocked in and out of the country where our player is located,” Lokomotiv said in a statement.

Guinea all chaos due to the revolt of the military

Military coup plotters at a press conference on Sunday. Photo: AP

Mutinous soldiers led by the former commander of the Guinea special forces unit detained to President Alpha Conde on Sunday after loud gunfire was heard near the presidential palace in Conakry.

On Monday they mobilized to tighten their grip on power by ordering Conde’s presidential guard forces to join the junta. Concerns were raised about a possible backlash if the larger army refused to accept the new military rulers.

Players found out at breakfast that something was happening

Issiaga Sylla told the French press how they found out about what was happening in her country. Photo: AFP.

Guinea defender Issiaga Sylla, who plays for Toulouse, told French daily L’Equipe that the players found out something was happening while meeting for breakfast at the hotel on Sunday morning.

“The coach came to see us to tell us there was a blow,” Sylla told L’Equipe. “Soldiers were called in to secure our hotel.” The team’s hotel was about 10 minutes from the airport “but we can’t move,” Sylla said.

Selection of Morocco if he could leave the country

Thanks to the help of his country’s government, the Moroccan team was able to leave Guinea after the country’s airports were closed. AP Photo

FIFA and the African Football Confederation postponed Monday’s match between Guinea and Morocco, and the visiting Moroccan squad were able to leave the country on Sunday night after being stranded in their hotel for hours waiting for permission to leave.

The Moroccan teamIt was finally evacuated after the intervention of King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Defender Nayef Aguerd said the king also arranged for extra security at the Moroccan hotel during those anxious hours on Sunday.

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