Fiorentina’s Morocco players caught in Guinea coup

epa09194811 Cagliari's Alessandro Deiola (R) and Fiorentina's Sofyan Amrabat (C) in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match Cagliari Calcio vs ACF Fiorentina at Sardegna Arena stadium in Cagliari, Sardinia island, Italy, 12 May 2021. EPA-EFE/Fabio Murru

Fiorentina players Sofyan Amrabat and Youssef Maleh are trapped in a hotel with the rest of the Morocco squad overlooking a military coup in Guinea.

The group are in the capital Conakry on international duty ahead of the planned 2022 World Cup qualifier against Guinea on Monday evening.

It seems rather unlikely that game will go ahead, as today a group of soldiers announced they had deposed the Government in a coup.

There have been hours of heavy gunfire near the presidential palace in Conakry, which seems to be right in front of the hotel where the Morocco squad are staying.

This video was taken by former Genoa defender Jawad El Yamiq, who moved to Real Valladolid in September 2020.

He seemingly deleted it from his Instagram Stories, but it remains on El Desmarque.

The group behind the coup also said that all land and air borders had been closed for a week, which would effectively trap the Morocco squad in the West African country.

The situation remains unclear, as the defence ministry insists the attempted coup was ‘contained and repelled,’ but the video showed the soldiers with President Alpha Condé.

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