Sheffield United youngster Angelo Capello breaks silence after Belize team bus is held up by armed gang in Haiti

Young Sheffield United midfielder Angelo Capello has broken his silence after being involved in a terrifying incident when the Belize national team's coach was held up by an armed gang in Haiti.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 10:03 am

Capello and his teammates were targeted by the gang just hours after landing in Haiti for a 2022 World Cup qualifier. After police escorting the team coach negotiated with the gang, the Belize coach was alowed to proceed to their hotel.

Deon McCauley, the Belize captain, said it was "a moment of intense fear" but Capello, the 19-year-old Blades starlet, posted on Twitter: "Thanks everyone for your concerns. Me and the team are all fine!"

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The Football Federation of Belize expressed their "disappointment and disgust" at the incident.

"Despite the four-man police escort, the team bus was stopped by an uproar of insurgents with assault rifles on motorcycles and police escorts were forced to negotiate with them for the team bus to continue its journey to the hotel," a statement read.

"We are pleased to report that our Jaguars, although shaken by the terrible experience, are safely at their hotel."

After being named in the Belize squad for their qualifying campaign, Capello said: "“I have enjoyed every moment. I love playing football and love being here. It is always an honor to represent my country regardless of where I have been or where I am coming from.

"On that note, I can’t wait to put that shirt on and step out on to the pitch and show Belize what I and the team will do.”

Blades youngster Angelo Capello was part of the Belize side held up by an armed gang in Haiti this week: Simon Bellis/Sportimage