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Koby Mottoh’s Pompey future is uncertain.

The bright teenager is trying to persuade the Blues that he is deserving of a new contract after graduating from the academy.

Mottoh, who has made five appearances this season, was offered two weeks of first-team training to impress John Mousinho.

However, that idea was put on hold because the right-sided winger was needed for the under-18s’ Youth Alliance Cup final against Preston at Fratton Park last Wednesday.

Furthermore, Mousinho’s training squad has grown to 24 players, with the recovery of several injured players in recent weeks, including Callum Lang and Tom Lowery.

It means Mottoh’s Pompey fate has been pushed back to the conclusion of the season.

Mousinho told The News: ‘We haven’t done anything with Koby yet because we wanted to finish the cup final first.

‘He hasn’t been with the first squad recently since we wanted him to focus on the cup final and return to the youth team, while we also have 24 pros training right now.

 

‘We did not want to make a choice or do anything with the guys before last Wednesday. The fact that they got to play in a cup final at Fratton was a fantastic opportunity.

‘After that, we were completely focused on Bolton, so now we’ll need to get down with the Academy and Koby and plan what we’re going to do.

‘There’s no rush on that right now; we still have some time and will make a choice before the end of the season.’

In front of a 904-strong audience, Sam Hudson’s Academy team lost 3-1 to Preston in the cup final.

Mousinho was watching as Mottoh laid on Harry Clout’s goal, which proved to be nothing more than a consolation in an otherwise terrible night.

Pompey’s starting XI featured eight second-year scholars who will graduate at the conclusion of the season.

They include Malachi Osei-Owusu, Brian Quarm, Kevin Bosaka, Jack Fox, Harvey Laidlaw, Dan Murray, Mitch Aston, and Maxwell Hurst.

Mousinho went on to say that Preston are a decent enough squad with several players in the first team this season.

‘I thought we were unlucky, but their goals were the result of poor defending in the first half and a few blunders. Although we had some excellent opportunities, Koby certainly set up ours.

‘Harry Clout was particularly active on the left-hand side, which was a big plus as a second-year pro next year, so I think there’s a lot to be thrilled about.

‘For many of the men who had already been released, it was a fantastic opportunity for them to play at Fratton and compete in a cup final.’

 

 

 

 

 

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