LEKAN: “TEAM AMBITION SUPERSEDES PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT”

Our record goalscorer Olalekan Abdulsalam, has hinted that he prioritizes the success of the team over personal ambition, in the ongoing 2022 Nigeria National League (NNL).


Lekan has quickly become a fan favourite, earning the status of a 'Cult Hero' with important goals for Vandrezzer FC.


Since joining the Lions in December 2021 from Nilayo FC (Abeokuta Stormers), Lekan has found the back of the net 8 times in all competitions, becoming the club's all-time top goalscorer in just five months.



Lekan’s equalizer against Giant Brillars in Enugu on April 16, saw him emerge VFC’s first player to hit 8 goals, but the left-footed forward says he is remaining calm having reached such a stage in his career with the Lions. 


"First of all, I will like to thank God for the journey so far," Lekan told VFCTV. "It is not an easy task because playing in Vandrezzer FC jersey comes with much expectation from the coaches, management and the fans.


"I am very happy to have reached this stage in my career and in my first season with the team, I believe there is still much ahead of me."


Lekan has found the back of the net four times this season, scoring the club’s 51st goal against Giant Brillars. He also scored the goal that gave us our first major trophy against Box2Box FC in the final of the Lagos State FA Cup in December 2020.


With four goals this season, Lekan is VFC's joint top scorer with Samuel Edoho and Saviour Isaac, and the forward is in the running for the golden boot award.


But he will rather sacrifice any personal ambition for the glory of the team.


"I will love that (golden boot), but team achievement is more important. We still have a lot to do and my concentration is on how to get the team to the first position and get the qualification to the NPFL.


"I think that will be the biggest achievement this season if the job is done and I am very optimistic.


"I am happy that I'm improving in my game day by day, I only make use of space and time in everything I do. Goal scoring is natural and anybody can score as long as he believes in himself."


VFC ended the first half of the season in 6th with 14 points from 11 matches. Lekan says the team has to show more attitude in the second stanza of the season.


"I'm preparing well for the challenge ahead and we have to pick up where we stopped and show more attitude in all our games and I believe we will get there.


"I want to thank the fans for all the love and support you all have been showing during the good and the bad days, keep supporting your darling team," he concluded.


The Lions regroup on Sunday May 1, 2022 for camping ahead of their first game of the NNL second stanza against Giant Brillars on Friday May 13, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. 



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