23 Mar Belize team bus stopped by armed gang on bikes in Haiti
Belize’s football federation (FFB) expressed “disappointment and disgust” on Monday after the bus carrying the squad to their resort in Haiti was stopped by an armed gang on bikes.
The football team arrived in Haiti on Monday morning forward of Thursday’s World Cup qualifier between the edges in Port-Au-Prince.
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The incident occurred when the team bus made its method from the Toussaint Louverture airport to the resort with a police escort.
“Regardless of the four-man police escort, the team bus was stopped by an uproar of insurgents with assault rifles on bikes and police escorts have been pressured to barter with them for the team bus to proceed its journey to the resort,” the FFB stated in a press release.
“We’re happy to report that our ‘Jaguars’, though shaken by the horrible expertise, are safely at their resort.”
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The bus was then allowed to renew its journey to the resort after the police escorts negotiated with the insurgents.
Crew co-captain Deon McCauley described the incident as “a second of intense concern” and different members of the squad informed Belize Information 5 TV station they hoped to get out of Haiti as quickly as attainable.
“I’m blissful everyone seems to be protected, and I commend you guys for being courageous,” McCauley stated in a press release issued by the federation. “Let’s proceed to stay collectively and please make the perfect choices on the subject of the team.”
The FFB has spoken to FIFA and Concacaf and “is doing every part attainable to get them [the team] to safer grounds.” The FFB additionally pressured that “the security of the team is our prime precedence.”
The qualifier is a part of the primary spherical of CONCACAF video games for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Belize have by no means certified for the World Cup finals whereas Haiti certified solely as soon as, in 1974.
Info from Reuters was included on this report.