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World Cup: Morocco’s National Football Team Trapped In Guinea

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World Cup: Morocco's National Football Team Trap In Guinea

Morocco’s national football team was “safe” Sunday in Guinean capital Conakry, a Moroccan official said, after army putschists said they had staged a coup in the West African country.

Scheduled to face Guinea in a Monday qualifier for the 2022 World Cup, the Moroccans “are safe and currently in a hotel some way away from where things are tense”, Mohamed Makrouf of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) told AFP.

The federation “is working on evacuating the team today. There’s already a plane at the airport”, he added.

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Heavy gunfire was heard in central Conakry on Sunday, as the putschists claimed they had arrested President Alpha Conde, sending AFP a video showing the head of state surrounded by soldiers.

But the government said in a statement of its own that it had “repulsed” an attack on the presidential palace.

Guinea — one of the world’s poorest countries despite boasting significant mineral resources — has long been beset by political instability.

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I Was Scared Of Losing My 1,000th Career Game – Mourinho

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Former Manchester United and Chelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho, has revealed that despite telling his team that his 1,000th career game as a coach meant nothing to him when they played against Sassuolo during the weekend, he was scared of losing it.

The 58-year-old Portuguese tactician ,saw his side beat Sassuolo 2-1 on Sunday, thanks to Stephan El Shaarawy’s late goal.

The win took Mourinho’s career tally to 638 victories.

The AS Roma boss has drawn 205 and lost 157 of his 1,000 games as a manager.

“I told everyone lies! I had been saying to the team for days that this 1,000th game was not important to me… but I had an incredible fear of losing!

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“Luckily we won and I was running like a child today because I was feeling 12 years old, not 58,” he said after the game.

Roma are now top of Serie A, having won their first three fixtures.

 

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Ex-France Defender Jean-Pierre Adams Bows To Death After Almost 40 Years In Coma

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Former France defender Jean-Pierre Adams has died aged 73 after almost 40 years in a coma, his former club Nimes announced on Monday.

Adams, who made 22 international appearances in the 1970s, slipped into a coma after a mistake by his anaesthetist during routine knee surgery in 1982.

Born in Dakar in 1948, he was one of the first men born in West Africa to play for France.

His centre-back partnership with Marius Tresor for France was nicknamed “the black guard”.

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“We learned this morning of the death of Jean-Pierre Adams,” Nimes wrote on Twitter, extending their “sincere condolences to his family”.

Adams also played for Nice and Paris Saint-Germain.

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Key Players Absent As Super Eagles Land In Cape Verde

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Officials and players of the Nigeria football team Super Eagles, arrived on the island of Mindelo, Cape Verde, on Monday for their World Cup qualifier slated for Tuesday.

The Super Eagles touched down following a four-hour flight from Lagos, without key players such as: Ndidi, Iheanacho, Iwobi among others who had returned to their respective bases.

This is because of the British government’s strict regulations on red list countries, which includes Cape Verde.

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The affected players include defenders Olaoluwa Aina, William Ekong and Leon Balogun.

Forwards, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi are also unavailable.

Midfielders, Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi and Joseph Ayodele-Aribo have all left camp too.

 

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