Morocco’s national football team have left Guinea late on Sunday after the coup was announced.

This was revealed by a Moroccan official.

Army putschists said they had staged a coup in the West African country.

This means the scheduled qualifier for the 2022 World Cup between them and Guinea scheduled for today is canceled over the political situation.

According to the Moroccan official, Mohamed Makrouf of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), they have embarked and are on their way to Morocco.

He earlier said the team were “safe” in a Conakry hotel and the federation was preparing to evacuate the players.

Confirming the postponement of the tie, FIFA in a statement, said the match would be postponed “to ensure the safety and security of all players and to protect all match officials”.

Heavy gunfire rented the air in central Conakry on Sunday, as the putschists claimed they had arrested President Alpha Conde. The group also sent a video showing the head of state surrounded by soldiers.

But the government said in a statement of its own that it had “repulsed” an attack on the presidential palace.

Guinea — one of the world’s poorest countries despite boasting significant mineral resources — has long been beset by political instability.

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