Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2022. 1:05 pm CST.
Photo Credit: FFB/Halifax Town
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: “Angelo Capello’s story begins over 8,000 kilometres away on the north-east coast of Central America,” begins the story on Belize Men’s National Football Team’s forward Angelo Cappello published on Thursday by the Halifax Courier.
“Capello was born in Belize and moved to the UK when he was around 11-years-old,” continues the article.
The interest in Cappello comes after the Belizean striker moved from Championship club Sheffield United to Halifax Town, a National League club.
Cappello told the English daily that he moved to England when his mother met his stepfather. He said he just played football for fun but when he joined a Sunday League team, a Sheffield United scout offered him a six-week trial. He signed for the Blades within a week though he hadn’t been in the United Kingdom, not even three months.
“So, it was a big shock to me, not really knowing anyone more than anything, and getting into the routine of it was the hardest bit, understanding that it’s fun but it’s also a business,” Cappello told the Courier.
The 20-year-old said he got the hang of it and was at Sheffield from aged 12 to just a few weeks ago when he signed for Halifax Town because he wasn’t getting playing time.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t really get a shot at the first-team, which was a massive factor in me looking elsewhere,” Cappello said.
Cappello recounted that at Sheffield United, for a while he played under coach Michael Collins, a former Halifax midfielder. He said Collins brought out the best in him and recommended the move to Halifax.
Last year, Cappello was on loan at a club named Blyth in the National League North which he claims helped him in his development.
The Courier then writes about Cappello’s experience with the Belize Men’s National Team saying the forward has earned six caps after his first call-up at 16 years of age.
Cappello debuted for Belize in Port au Prince against Haiti in front of 22,000 fans in 2019.
“Being the youngest on the team by far, it was definitely an experience but one that I cherished and hopefully there’s many more to come,” he told the Courier.
Since then, he’s played against the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Turks and Caicos, Guatemala, and French Guiana, both in Concacaf Nations League games and World Cup qualifiers.
“I always wanted to play for them as a kid and it’s given me a lot, made me see a lot of different styles of football,” Cappello said while explaining that for him it’s been an overwhelming experience playing for Belize.
Cappello said he was relieved after manager Chris Millington offered him a contract after the pre-season trial and now, he’s looking forward to proving himself.
“The manager said he wants me to get on the ball in tight areas and do that bit of magic, create something out of nothing, slide players through or get a shot on target.
“He said that’s why they’ve brought me in, to get into those tight areas and wriggle out of them, get the fans excited. That’s what I want to do.”
Left-footed Cappello has played for Belize either as a midfielder or as a forward, but he prefers to play as an attacking midfielder, but the left or the right will do.
“You’ll get the best out of me if I’m on the ball and that position (number ten) really suits me,” he said to the Halifax Courier.
He told the Courier he is confident he’ll perform well at the National League level.
“It’s going to take a lot of hard work, I understand that, so I need to be patient and everyone else needs to be patient with me until I get that chance,” Cappello said.
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