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After Guinea’s coup, Liverpool’s Naby Keita on his way back to Britain

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Liverpool had said they were working with relevant authorities to bring Naby Keita (above) safely back to Britain. PHOTO: REUTERS

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has left his homeland of Guinea following a military coup in the West African country  and is on his way back to England, British media reported on Tuesday (Sept 7).

The 26-year-old was preparing to play in Guinea’s World Cup qualifier against Morocco in Conakry on Monday when the contest was called off after soldiers ousted President Alpha Conde and later dissolved the government on Sunday.

While the country’s borders were reportedly closed, the Moroccan team were allowed safe passage home later on Sunday.

A military spokesman said on Monday the country had reopened its land and air borders for commercial and humanitarian reasons.

Liverpool had earlier said they were working with relevant authorities to bring their player safely back to Britain.

Keita started Liverpool’s opening two league games and was an unused substitute in their 1-1 home draw against Chelsea. Juergen Klopp’s side face Leeds United on Sunday.

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-Reuters

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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