Lagos based Nigerian Professional Football League side, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club, MFM FC lost to home side, Niger Tornadoes Football Club of Minna by three goals to one in a Match Day 37 encounter played today, Sunday, September 25, 2016. The match was played at the prestigious Confluence Stadium in Lokoja, Kogi State.
MFM FC claimed a 2-0 win over the hosts in the reverse fixture played at the Agege Township Stadium in Lagos courtesy of an own goal scored by Abiodun Adebayo and a great strike from Stephen Odey.
The home side started the bright side in the make or mar encounter involving the two sides who were fighting to beat the drop.
The Olukoya Boys as they are fondly called by their fans needed at least a point to guarantee their safety in the league. However, the team conceded the first goal of the encounter in the sixth minute of the tie after midfielder, Oladele Oshobe committed a foul in the penalty area. The resultant spot kick was well converted by Solomon Owello who sent the goalkeeper in the wrong direction.
MFM FC had the chance to equalise in the tenth minute of the game but Stanley Okorom headed wide from a corner taken by Ifeanyi Ifeanyi. Niger Tornadoes extended their lead in the 25th minute of the tie after Solomon Owello scored again from the penalty spot.
The first half ended 2 nil in favour of the hosts with the visors battling to get back into the tie.
In the second of the match, Niger Tornadoes attacker, Gabriel scored the team’s third goal after he blasted the ball into the net when MFM FC’s goal keeper spilled the ball from a well taken shot. The visitors rallied back and got their consolatory goal through prolific hit man, Stanley Odey who finished coolly past the goal keeper when played through on goal. The goal was Odey’s ninth goal of the season and his first from an away tie.
On the same match day, already relegated Ikorodu United lost at home to visiting side, Enugu Rangers at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta.
The visitors took the lead in the 43rd minute of the match through a spectacular lob from diminutive midfielder, Obinna Nwobodo. Nwobodo was played through by Christian Madu before he lobbed Ikorodu United’s goalkeeper, Adamu Azee who was way off his line.
Rangers scored the second goal few minutes into the second half through Chisom Egbuchulam after a nice passing game that caught Ikorodu United defenders unawares.
The hosts scored a consolation goal through substitute, Paul Duke in the 88th minute of the match to take the tie into a nervy end. The match ended 2 – 1 in favour of the visitors, Enugu Rangers who only need a point from their last home game to clinch the most coveted Nigerian Professional Football League title after 32 years of waiting.