WE'RE GETTING BETTER  - VFC DS Coach Andrew Uwe

VFC Development Squad (U-23) coach Andrew Uwe has expressed utmost satisfaction with his boys, attributing playing to instruction and  constant practice to the superb style of play from the young lads.

The breathtaking Development Squad have shown promise in the ongoing Nationwide League One (NLO) where they have drawn two, lost two and won two matches -  including an exciting comeback victory against Koulama FC on match day five.

"If you keep making mistakes without tackling it , you'll not move forward. After our loss against  Heartland Feeders, we had to tackle our level of fitness and experience by increasing training times to 2-3 times daily" Uwe told VFC Media.  

The ex Nigerian national team player further spoke on the impact of practicing what he taught his boys on the pitch of play:

"If you notice, we don't play much long balls. I told my boys, keep playing what we practice.  Though we are three months old but we play only what we know. We don't know long balls but we occasionally use it when we are in danger. Moving up the ball, recognising the open space and move into quick play is what my boys have done and I am proud of them.

VFC U23 boys who are the youngest in the competition, have enmassed eight points from six games, with their recent result being a goalless draw against Ojinmah FC of Enugu on Thursday afternoon.

Uwe reiterated his boys' desire to keep learning and improving with the team's normal routine while suppressing the 'must-win' negative  factor in all games: 

"Winning is okay. Not winning is still fine but the most important thing is they are learning from what I teach them. My  boys are young so we remain same, maintaining our routine, play and pace. 

The progressive display of Uwe's lads have earned praises and attracted calls from various quarters for some players to be  promoted to VFC's senior team, and Uwe believes some of his lads are almost ready for the senior challenge: 

"My strikers and central defenders need to do more. Twenty five percent is still missing but we have pushed them more and they have improved compared to when we started.

We have good players who can do well in the first team but the problem is if they can adapt to the style of play at that level in the league".

VFC U-23 wrap up this season's NLO campaign on Sunday, March 21 with a game against Chimooski FC at the Uniport Sports Institute Complex, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. 


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