Gambian coach Tom Saintfiet described Morocco's earthquakes as 'shocking and terrible'. Saintfiet and his team are in Marrakesh for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo, which was slated to be played on Sunday, September 10. Notably, a tragic and powerful earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck Morocco late Friday night, claiming more than 800 lives.
Saintfiet described the disastrous earthquake as terrifying and said that he feared that a plane had crashed into his hotel. The 50-year-old told BBC World Service's Mani Djazmi, " At first I heard a lot of noise and thought it was someone knocking on my door."
He added, " A few seconds later I thought that a plane had crashed into the hotel because we're close to the airport but a second or two later, I knew it was an earthquake. It seemed it was only 30 seconds, but it felt endless. It was really scary. The walls were really shaking, and things were falling down from the ceiling and the walls. I never in my life saw a building moving like that."
Sunday's game was a decisive one and it was to decide who would go through to next year's Afcon finals. The Confederation of African Football has been in talks with Moroccan FA about whether the game will take place or not.