Michael Flynn said he was thankful that Saidou Khan is unharmed after being in Morocco during the earthquake overnight.

More than 1,000 people are estimated to have died and many more are injured after an earthquake of a magnitude of 6.8 struck central Morocco, including Marrakech and Casablanca, at 23.11 local time on Friday 8th September.

Moroccan state TV confirmed on Saturday morning that at least 820 people died, quoting interior ministry figures.

Khan was staying in Marrakech whilst on international duty with Gambia ahead of their crunch qualifier against Congo, which will take place at Stade de Marrakech on Sunday.

The game is still scheduled to go ahead tomorrow night, with the Scorpions requiring one point to qualify for the African Cup of Nations, although Morocco’s game in Agadir against Liberia has been called off.

The match was moved outside of The Gambia as their stadium was deemed unfit to host international matches.



Swindon Town confirmed this morning that they had been able to contact the midfielder and confirmed that he was safe.

Flynn spoke after Town’s 5-3 win against Sutton United and expressed his condolences with the people of Morocco who were feeling the impact of the devastating earthquake.

He said: “First and foremost, I want to pass on my condolences to the people of Morrocco and Marakech, where a lot of people have died. It is such a tragedy.

“Obviously for us the first port of call for us was to make sure that Saidou is okay, and we have been able to speak to him.

“I have spoken to Saidou, albeit over a voice message.

“The club spoke to him, and I spoke to him and obviously it was a very scary situation, but thankfully he is fine.”