The trip will have been shorter than expected. Having left to play the qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup in their Guinean selection, five players from Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 should make their early return to France on Tuesday, September 7, following political incidents in the capital.
Florentin Pogba (Sochaux), Issiaga Sylla (Toulouse), Abdoulaye Sylla (Nantes), Saïdou Sow (Saint-Etienne) and Mohamed Bayo (Clermont-Ferrand) should therefore leave Conakry after a day of uncertainties. The Guinean selection was to face Morocco, for its second match of the international break, but a coup resulting in the fall of President Alpha Condé greatly disturbed the country of East Africa.
Following the cancellation of the scheduled match between the two African teams, the Moroccan selection hastily left Guinean territory on Sunday. The Guinean players were waiting for a solution.
The President of FEGUIFOOT, Antonio Souaré, visited the players and coaches of Syli National in the morning of this Monday, September 06.
– Guinean Football Federation (@ FEGUIFOOT69) September 6, 2021
From the Premier League to the Greek Super League, via Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, several clubs have “worked closely together” to organize the repatriation of these players. According to ASSE, concerned by the repatriation of its defender Saïdou Sow, “the players are doing well”.
In England, Liverpool confirmed being mobilized to proceed with the return of their midfielder Naby Keïta, also captain of his selection. “Clearly, the situation there is changing, and we will continue our dialogue with the authorities to bring Naby back to Liverpool safely and as soon as possible”, a spokesperson for the Reds told UK news agency PA.