Guinea Persuade Liverpool To Release Keita For Afcon Qualifier

Guinea coach Didier Six says he has negotiated with Liverpool and secured the release of Naby Keita for one of two upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

With two rounds left in the qualifying pools, Guinea are second in Group A, two points behind Mali. They host the leaders in Mali in Conakry on March 24 and then go to Namibia, who have won one game, on March 28.

Six, a former France international, told AFP that Liverpool had agreed to let Keita play in the first of those games.

Six says they negotiated with Liverpool, which is one of the biggest clubs in the world, to have Naby Keita for the first game.

Six said that FIFA’s decision to loosen the rule that requires clubs to release players for internationals  was sensible but added that he would have liked FIFA to tell clubs to decide within 24-48 hours of the call-up.

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