Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has flown out of Guinea after a military coup in
the country. The 26-year-old had been representing his country against Morocco in
a World Cup qualifier on Monday, when the overthrowing of President Alpha Conde
by the military-led to the closure of Guinea’s borders
A statement from Liverpool on Monday read: “We are in constant contact with Naby
(Keita) and have had regular communication via his national team management.
“We are satisfied that he is safe and well cared for. Obviously, the situation is fluid
and we will maintain regular dialogue with the relevant authorities as we work to
get Naby is back in Liverpool in a timely and secure manner
Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic told French newspaper L’Equipe on Sunday that
they could hear “gunshots…nearby all day”.
“The current political and security situation in Guinea is quite volatile and is being
closely monitored by FIFA and CAF,” a FIFA statement read.
“To ensure the safety and security of all players and to protect all match officials,
FIFA and CAF have decided to postpone the match.
“Rescheduling information will be made available at a later date.”
Soldiers claimed on national television that they had dissolved the government and
closed all land and air borders.
Keita’s club was reassured that the 26-year-old was safe and can now safely relax as
he is on his way out of Guinea, according to journalist Carl Markham.