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Chance for Liberia, as Barcelona Ilax’s Moriba, hired father as Agent — LFA persue player eligibility

Seems like a good sign for Liberia as Barcelona newest prodigy’s Ilax’s Moriba Kourouma has change his agent to his father Mamady Kourouma,reliable source in Spain confirmed to Liberian Sports International.

Moriba,18,was previously represented by professional soccer Agent,Jonathan Barnett,the same agent,who also represents Tottenham forward Gareth Bale.

The Guinean-born-Liberian Midfielder is the latest youngster to burst into Ronald Koeman’s team this season,behind the Argentine’s Óscar Minguez, and the American Konrad de la Fuente.

Born to a Liberian father, Mamady Kourouma and a Guinean Mother Aissata Kourouma,in Matam Conakry-Guinea, the 18-year-old footballer who is now flourishing at Spanish giant Barcelona, looks set to choose his fatherland Liberia for his International football.

The Barcelona star Ilax’s Moriba Kourouma has hired his father Mamady Kourouma as his new agent,which has put him in charge of finding a perfect solution for his son,Moriba international career.

Mamady Kourouma will now spearhead his son,soccer career and that is directing he,where to play his international football,approving new contracts for the player among other things.

The good news is that Mamady is from Liberia,interior region of Lofa County, and that has automatically put some hope’s in the Liberia Football Association (LFA) hands to try and persue the talented Ilax’s Moriba to pledge his International allegiance to Liberia.

Already,Ilax has committed himself to playing for the Guinean National team, who was the first to propose to the player at a youth age.

But on the other hand, cards reveal that Mamady Kourouma, Ilax father himself, express interest in his son representing his home country.

Sports news outlet has reported that Mamady himself as given greenlight to Liberia to Persue after his son Ilax Moriba, International football allegiance.

In a conversation with Liberian Sports Journalist Emmanuel wise Jipoh, back in July 2018, at the time Moriba was 15-year-old and Captain of the Barcelona under-16 team, whom won the International Tournament against Czechoslovakia in Czech Republic, Mamady has said that he would love his son, Ilax’s Moriba to represent Liberia, but there hasn’t been any interest from the Liberia Football Association LFA,at the time.

He reference the Guinea Football Federation has the only soccer body from West Africa that has shown great interests in his son.

“I could one day, love to see my boy play as a professional footballer for Barcelona and one day to watch he play for Liberia, which could bring me the most proud as a father,Mamady Kourouma said.

The boy desire last in his own hands, but as a father i could try pursuing he to play for my country, Liberia which could bring me the most proud as his father, he said.

If Ilax can return to my home and play for my country,it could become more exciting, but the boy is at a young age and still needs to develope his potential. Right now he is focusing on developing his career, but in years to who knows it could become different scenarios.

He has his mother in Guinea,and few childhood friends there too, but it is Spain he has grown and particularly Catalonia, which love the most, but Liberia is my country and I could do all my best to have Moriba, playing here for the National team, Mamady has said in 2018.

Since Mamady comment, there haven’t been any approach from the Liberia Football Association,on Moriba playing for Liberia,thus far given Guinea National team a better hand of landing the wonderkid to represent the syli nationales.

And Moriba,who has represented the Spanish youth national teams, has reportedly chosen to represent his country of birth – Guinea – at senior level.
But all is not over yet, as the playmaker is still eligible to play for Spain or Liberia.

Most likely he could switch his desire to playing for Spain, if he is included in coach Luis de la Fuente Castillo Spain U21 squad to play, Slovenia,Italy and Czech Republic in the youth European qualifiers.

The Spaniard are scheduled to play Slovenia, on March 24, meet Italy on March 27, and Czechia on March 30,in Euro qualifiers and the Guinean-born Liberian,Ilax Moriba along the Argentine’s Óscar Mingueza, are the two new men to be included.

Meanwhile,Liberia could have a better chance to Persue Ilax Moriba Kourouma to switch allegiance to the Lone Star, as the Liberia Football Association LFA National team Scout, former Lone Star midfielder Alseny Ochacha Keita is set to travel to Barcelona,Spain and meet with Moriba as a way of persuing the youngster to play for Liberia.

Mamady Kourouma,the play agent has already approve of the meeting, which is to take place in Catalonia,later this month.
By the way,Ilax Moriba is expected to sign a new deal with Barcelona and will be promoted to the club first team.

The 18-year-old has already made 6 first team appearance,scoring a goal against Osasuna in a La Liga match and providing two assists.

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