Morocco escape violent unrest in Guinea

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Scroll through the gallery to see six notable star
Scroll through the gallery to see six notable stars who were affected by the unrest
Naby Keita (Guinea and Liverpool)
Naby Keita (Guinea and Liverpool)
Achraf Hakimi (Morocco and Paris Saint-Germain)
Achraf Hakimi (Morocco and Paris Saint-Germain)
Imran Louza (Morocco and Watford)
Imran Louza (Morocco and Watford)
Adam Masina (Morocco and Watford)
Adam Masina (Morocco and Watford)
Ilias Chair (Morocco and Queens Park Rangers)
Ilias Chair (Morocco and Queens Park Rangers)
Romain Saiss (Morocco and Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Romain Saiss (Morocco and Wolverhampton Wanderers)

The Moroccan national team has managed to escape from Guinea after reportedly being trapped in their hotel due to a violent political coup in the country. 

The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Guinea and Morocco has been called off following political unrest in the west African country, which is understood to have resulted in the Moroccan national team fearing for their safety on the weekend.  

Scroll through the gallery above to see six notable stars who were affected by the unrest

The Atlas Lions reportedly arrived in Guinea on Saturday, with their qualifying fixture scheduled for Monday. However, according to Football Italia, they had just a single training session before they found themselves in danger, with the team being stranded inside a hotel as gunfire erupted outside their accommodation.

An armed group has reportedly staged a coup in the country, kidnapping Guinea's president in the process.

However, the Morocco squad was successfully evacuated and taken to an airport, where a waiting plane is understood to have taken them back to the north African country. 

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has since released a statement announcing that the fixture between the National Elephants and the Atlas Lions would be cancelled amid security threats. 

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

"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." 

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Both teams have played just a single match in Group I so far, with the Moroccans sitting top of the group on three points thanks to their win over Sudan last week, while Guinea remain on one point following their draw with neighbours Guinea-Bissau.

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