Abia Warriors of Umuahia’s new coach, Henry Makinwa has declared that the club will aspire to emerge as the champions of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season, because they are not new comers.
Speaking against the backdrop of his unveiling as the Abia State-owned club’s new gaffer, footballlive.ng reports that the ex-youth international striker stressed that a team that has spent over five years in the league cannot be called ‘small,’ hence his verdict that they can become champs.
As a player, Makinwa starred for Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Concord, Udoji United, Rayo Vallecano of Spain, Penafiel, Farense, Feirense, Gil Vicente and Vitoria Setubal of Portugal as well as Rapid Bucharest of Romania.
The 41-year-old striker-turned-tactician now has a UEFA Pro Coaching License, which he acquired in Spain and qualified him for his new job, stressed that Abia Warriors are one of the big teams in the NPFL.
Makinwa said excitedly: “I am very pleased with the contract. It’s a big opportunity for me to improve my career.
“I think it is a symbiotic relationship where I know Abia will gain from my wealth of experience.
“As a coach, I’ve lived a country where football is well-packaged, like in Spain. I’ve live there and I was trained there.
“So I think it is a 50-50 relationship. It is symbiotic, and we will both gain from each other. My target is to win the league this season.”