‘No Camping’ Upsets U-20’s Coach Pella

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Junior Lone Star’s head coach, Robert Lartey (Coach Pella) has expressed frustration on the failure of the LFA to camp the team, before departing the country on Thursday to honor their 2nd leg clash against the Young Elephants in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Coach Pella said after the 1-0 victory last Sunday, May 11, 2014, the team has not gone to camp and would not be camping before their flight.

Speaking yesterday to the Daily Observer via mobile phone, the coach said camping is a tactic to polish and psychologically prepared for a win.

He said also that the major achievement in camping is to knit a team’s spirit.

“We use camping to talk to the players during their leisure time at night and early morning hours, to build closeness among the players,” he said, “camping is another method to circumvent players from conflict and embarrassment.”

Coach Pella also expressed fear over the morale of his players and appealed to officials of the LFA to visit the players while in practice to rekindle the morale of the players.

“Players’ motivation has dramatic effect on the success of the team,” Coach Pella said, “they learn much faster, and keeps winning because nothing is worse than losing control of your team.”

 He said a 27-man delegation, comprising of 20 players and seven officials would be in Abidjan to pass their second barrier against Ivory Coast after successfully crossing-over The Gambia through a protest.

A technical staff, who begged anonymity, also told the Daily Observer via mobile phone, said the letdown of the camping and the refusal of the LFA to increase the players’ per diem from L$200 to L$500 per practice session are sickening.

Coach Pella meanwhile urged the LFA to make haste to help the technical staff rebuild the confidence of the team to be able to pull a win on Sunday in Abidjan.

The coach said the failure of the LFA to quickly adapt a motivational method on the youthful Lone Star might lead to a worst result.

When contacted Secretary General B. Alphonso Armah said, “I don’t think the team will go to camp before their departure on Thursday because we are busy working on the departure of the senior national team.”

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