Liverpool midfielder, Naby Keita has flown out of Guinea and is set to return to the UK amid a military coup back in his country.
This comes a day after Liverpool said they were in touch with authorities to ensure Keita’s safe return.
Guinea were supposed to host Morocco in a World Cup qualifier on Monday September 6, where Keita was expected to be involved, but a Coup d’Etat by Guinea’s armed forces led to the postponement of the game and closure of the nation’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 back to Liverpool in a timely and secure manner.”
Moroccan players were also able to get on a flight to their home country.
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 were 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.