Belize football team bus detained by ‘motorcycle insurgents’ in Haiti ahead of 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Belize football team bus detained by 'motorcycle insurgents' in Haiti ahead of 2022 World Cup qualifiers



Belize football team bus detained by 'motorcycle insurgents' in Haiti ahead of 2022 World Cup qualifiers

The incident occurred Monday morning after the team arrived in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, ahead of their qualification for the 2022 World Cup.

Despite the four-man police escort, the team bus was stopped by an insurgent outcry with assault rifles on motorcycles and police escorts were forced to negotiate with them to have the bus of the team continue their journey to the hotel, ”FFB said in a statement on its Facebook page.

“The situation is a situation the team should never have faced, but we are happy to report that our Jaguars, although shaken by the terrible experience, are safe at their hotel,” added the FFB. .

The federation posted a photo of the incident on its Facebook page showing at least two masked men carrying assault rifles. It is not known how many men were involved and their motivation.

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The FFB said it was in contact with the governing body of world football, FIFA and the Association Football Confederation of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) to “do their utmost. possible to bring them to safer grounds “.

Belize co-captain Deon McCauley praised the team’s courage, adding that the incident was “a moment of intense fear”.

Neither FIFA nor CONCACAF immediately responded to CNN’s requests for comment.

CNN is also awaiting comments from Haitian police regarding Monday’s incident.

Belize face Haiti in Port-au-Prince on Thursday in the first round of CONCACAF’s qualifying matches for next winter’s World Cup in Qatar.

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