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World Cup: Moroccan group caught in Guinea after navy coup

The Moroccan senior soccer group is presently stranded in Guinea following a putsch that ousted the West African nation’s President Alpha Conde on Sunday.

 Morocco’s Atlas Lions have been scheduled to face their Guinea counterparts on Monday earlier than Colonel Mamadou Dumbuya led his males within the coup that abruptly ended Conde’s third time period in workplace.

The match is the primary leg of the nations’ effort to qualify for the FIFA World Cup holding in Qatar subsequent yr.


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 The Confederation of African Soccer (CAF) cancelled the match in a press release on Sunday night over ‘political and safety’ issues.

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 CAF mentioned, “political and safety scenario in Guinea is kind of risky and is being intently monitored by FIFA and CAF.

 “To make sure the protection and safety of all gamers and to guard all match officers, FIFA and CAF have determined 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 info will likely be made accessible at a later date.”

 Although CAF rescheduled the match, the navy have ordered the closure of the nation’s borders, together with airports.

They’ve additionally suspended the structure and dissolved the federal government, amongst different pronouncements. 

The navy arrested Conde, however a number of studies, together with broadly circulated video, present they didn’t hurt him.

A lot of his cupboard members have additionally been arrested, studies say.

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 Guinea, which gained independence from France on October 2, 1958, have by no means certified for the FIFA World Cup finals, and their finest end within the Africa Cup of Nations was runners-up in 1976.

Nevertheless, Morocco have certified for the ultimate phases of the FIFA World Cup on 5 events, which have been in 1970, 1986, 1994, 1998 and 2018. Their finest efficiency was in 1986, the place they reached the spherical of 16.

Army convoys got here in 30 pickups and attacked the nation’s Presidential Palace earlier than arresting Conde.

Doumbuoya mentioned in a broadcast: “The motive for the takeover is due to rampant corruption, mismanagement and the hardship seen within the nation.

“I’m Dumbuya, and I’m forming CNRD, which is able to steer the nation by means of a transition. I’ve dissolved the Parliament and Authorities. I’m ordering the suspension of the Structure and ordered the closure of the land, border and air house.”

Born 4 March 1938, Conde turned the president of Guinea in December 2010 after a number of makes an attempt.

He was a number one activist and was variously persecuted by the nation’s earlier leaders, together with Lansana Conte, who ordered his execution in absentia after fleeing the nation and going into exile.

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After his well-known victory and assumption of workplace, other than manipulating the nation’s structure to allow him to safe a 3rd time period, 83-year-old Conde was accused of gross corruption, amongst different crimes.

Conde was a former chairman of the Africa Union (AU).

Leaders the world over, together with President Muhammadu Buhari, have condemned the coup.

Marcus Fatunmole


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