West Ham cautious about Conteh threat


June 29, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

English Premier League side, West Ham United, are mindful of the threat posed by Sierra Leone and FC Lusitanos hit man, Alfi Conteh Lacalle aka ‘White Boy’ ahead of their Europa League qualifiers.

The Hammers, who qualified for the Europa League via the Fair Play League standings, were drawn to face their Andorran counterparts on July 2 at home with the return leg scheduled a week later on July 9.

However, the East London side are considering the Sierra Leonean forward as the club’s key man following his rich goal-scoring form last season, scoring nine goals in 10 appearances.

Alfi Conteh, who was raised within the famed La Masia at Barcelona throughout his entire youth, helped the club finish as runners-up in the Andorran league as they missed out on Champions League football by only three points, losing out to the eventual league champions, FC Santa Coloma.

FC Lusitanos was only formed in 1999. Just one win in their final five games of the season meant they finished second, just three points behind winners FC Santa Coloma. They finished joint-top of the regular season before it broke away in March into a four-team ‘Championship round’.

The team has not enjoyed much success in the Europa League and Champions League first qualifying rounds. Since their first game in Europe, a 11-0 aggregate defeat in 2010, they have scored four and conceded 33.