After a two-week, players of Vandrezzer FC are back in camp to prepare for the second half of the 2022 Nigeria National League season.
Head coach Henry Makinwa led the team in their first training session at the Lions’ training ground in Ibiono, Akwa Ibom state on Monday afternoon, which featured warm up, activation passing pattern, tactical attacking and defending shadow play.
“I’m excited to have the boys back and good to see they were keeping fit during the holidays. It was necessary to regroup at least two weeks before the league resumption, in order to ensure proper conditioning before our first game on the 13th” said Makinwa.
“The goal remains the same and we’re still on course for it - finishing top of our group. I have told the lads that we are going hard this time around!” added the former Al-Ahly of Egypt attacker.
The Lions are scheduled to open the season’s 2nd stanza against Giant Brillars on May 13, about a month after the first leg of the tie ended 1-1 in Enugu.
Lekan Abdulsalam’s equalizer against Brillars was VFC’s 13th goal of the season and ensured the Lions finished the first stanza in 6th position with 14 points - 8 points behind league the leaders.
VFC conceded nine times in the first half of of the season, and Makinwa wants conceding goals reduced or totally eliminated.
“Each of the next eleven matches are going to be very crucial; not just for us but for all the teams. The plan is to score more and concede less, that way we will find ourselves at the top.”
Makinwa, who is in his first season as gaffer, says he is confident the lads will respond to training and be well prepared for the task ahead.
“It’s a delight to see Bassey has recovered from his injury to shore up the defence. Anas is away on national assignment, but we will definitely cope considering our midfield options. For the attack, though we were the third highest scoring side of the first half, we’ll work to ensure the players utilize more chances upfront” Makinwa concluded.
All players except Anas Hassan (Flying Eagles) and Somtochukwu Abraham (injury), were part of Monday’s first training session.
Somtochukwu Abraham continues recuperation from injury to his right ankle which occurred on March 30 during training ahead of the Matchday 9 clash at Ekiti United, forcing him to miss the rest of the season. His last involvement was in the one all draw against Ibom Youths on April 25.
The Champions of Lagos continue their build-up for the NNL season half today, at the team’s training camp in Akwa Ibom State.
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