Vandrezzer FC Head Coach Henry Makinwa has called for calm from the club’s fans who are disappointed at the Lions’ slow start to the season.

Speaking ahead of his fourth competitive game in charge of the Lions, the former Al Ahly and Vitoria Setubal forward admits there are high expectations from the Lagos Champions, but believes all is still on course.

“The intention was ofcourse to hit the ground running at home against Insurance, but that was a very cagey game against an experienced side. If you noticed, both sides were trying to adapt to playing under floodlights.”

The second game was a derby which was even tougher, while the game in Abeokuta had factors like the poor pitch affecting our play. These are not excuses, but I assure you we have learnt a lot with the first three games” Makinwa stated. 

The widely travelled UEFA Pro Licensed coach however says his relatively young team are adapting to the Nigerian league peculiarities. 

“Our team practices and stratigizes in the most standard conditions, which is what we have at our facility. Unfortunately, most of the turfs and officiating we get especially in away matches aren’t standard. To win our matches, we would have to see how we can adapt which is what we are working on.”

Makinwa also admits the team’s attack must find their rhythm, and promised better display in subsequent matches.

“I have spoken with the boys, the attack will need to start firing on all cylinders and I believe they will. This is the same squad that scored about ten competitive goals last December so they’ll definitely get the groove on. It’s a marathon not a sprint, I assure the fans and management that we will build the best squad in the league. Let’s just keep encouraging the lads.”

A win on Friday lifts the Lions to 4th on the Nigeria National League Group B1 table. 

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