Coach Pella Sure of Victory Sunday, As Baby Elephants Arrive Today

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Liberia’s U-20 Coach Robert Lartey, popularly known as Coach Pella, has expressed confidence of pulling a win against the Ivorian national U-20 football team.

Coach Pella said his boys are up for a sustained attack’ instead of being defensive against the Young Elephants in their first leg clash on Sunday, May 10 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

“My practice sections have been about development and learning,” Coach Pella said. “I am upbeat that the kids are going all out on Sunday to try harder for a victory.”

The Liberia Football Association’s best coach said during a mobile interview yesterday that having a positive track-record in the local scene, he is certain to turn the odds in his favor.

Coach Pella clinched his first championship with 2nd division Exodus FC in 2006 as well as the knockout title with BYC II in 2012.

He later moved to BYC I, where he won triple titles (knockout, championship and super cup) in 2013; and the championship at the just ended league.

“We are hopeful but Liberians should not have high expectation if we draw and don’t lose,” Coach Pella said. “We want to encourage all Liberians to wear their red, white and blue to cheer the boys to victory.”

In a soft but firm tone, Coach Pella named Blamo Nimely, Sylvanus Nimely and Sopo Somah as the ‘trio aggressive attackers.”

Skipper Benjamin Gbamy, Steven Seamen and Murphy Dorleh are listed for the middle; while Raymond Fransiah, Fred Fofana Albert Nimely and Boakai Nimely are in the defense with Jeremiah Sekie between the sticks.

The LFA technical director, Henry Brown clarified that Coach J. Kaetu Smith was never the head coach of the U-20 as it has been speculated, “He is the Supervisor of the Junior Coaches (U-12, U-14, U-17 and U-20).”

The Ivorian (Cote d’Ivoire) U-20 is expected to arrive in the country today at 2:45p.m, EC member Ansu Dorleh told the Daily Observer.

Secretary General Alphonso Armah told newsmen that the LFA’s protocol team headed former FIFA referee Alex Nagbo would be at the airport at 1:30p.m to meet the team.

He indicated that the Krystal Oceanview Hotel has been booked while officers of the Liberia National Police will head the security.

The visiting Ivorian U-20 team has a brilliant history, having qualified for the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1977, 1983, 1991, 1997 and 2003.

In 2011, the Young Elephants stopped in the 2nd preliminary round of the African Youth Championship.

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