Town given Lomana warning
IPSWICH Town were today given a warning to be on their toes when they play Portsmouth for the first time in the FA Cup tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).This comes from former Colchester United stalwart Micky Cook, who was in at the start of Lomana Tresor Lua Lua's career.
By Elvin King
IPSWICH Town were today given a warning to be on their toes when they play Portsmouth for the first time in the FA Cup tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).
This comes from former Colchester United stalwart Micky Cook, who was in at the start of Lomana Tresor Lua Lua's career.
The Democratic of Congo international is available to play for Pompey before jetting out for the African Cup of Nations tournament.
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Cook warned that Ipswich would have to be on their guard from start to finish to cope with the lightning fast striker in a third round tie that is expected to attract around 15,000 spectators.
Cook said: “Ipswich can't afford to lose their concentration for a moment. They've got to be alert and switched-on from the first whistle until the last.
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“Lomana is a rare and very special talent and he's the sort of player who can conjure up something special in a split second.
“He can be quiet and out of a game for 89 minutes, but in a flash he can be a match-winner.”
Cook, Colchester's record appearance-maker with 725 games under his belt, plans to go to watch the player he nurtured during his early days at Layer Road.
Cook, now director of football at Colne Community College, Brightlingsea, knows better than anyone how much of a threat the 25-year-old Lua Lua poses.
The Zaire-born wing wizard was picked up by Colchester after being spotted playing in London. He spent two years with United, before making a £2.25million move to Premiership Newcastle United.
He left for Portsmouth in February 2004 and, after a brief loan spell, signed a permanent contract at Fratton Park.
Cook was director of youth football throughout Lua Lua's time at Colchester, and added: “We are still in touch and I know how much he's enjoying his time with Pompey.
“He is settled on the south coast and is a big fan of manager Harry Redknapp.”
“Harry gives Lomana the licence and freedom he needs to express himself on the pitch and he respects the fact that he's got so much desire to go with his ability.”
The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup will be made at 1.30pm on Monday.