Newly-appointed Abia Warriors coach Henry Makinwa has exclusively told busybuddiesng.com that the modest Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side will benefit from his ‘wealth of experience’ in the game.
The former ABS FC handler was on Monday handed a one-year contract to lead the Umuahia-based club after Moses Aderele reportedly stepped down because he lacks the mandatory CAF B coaching Licence required by the League Management Company (LMC) for coaches in the NPFL.
“I am very pleased with the contract,” the former Vitoria Setubal of Portugal forward said. “It’s a big opportunity for me to improve my career.
“I think it is a symbiotic relationship where I know Abia (Warriors) 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,” the 41-year old tactician said.
As a player, Makinwa featured for the likes of Iwuanyanwu Nationale (now Heartland), defunct Concord and Udoji United before stints abroad with Rayo Vallecano of Spain, Portuguese sides Penafiel, Vitoria Setubal, Farense, Feirense, Gil Vicente, Romanian giants Rapid Bucaresti and a host others.
He also boasts of a UEFA Pro Coaching License which he obtained via the Spanish Football Federation