Football lovers and soccer enthusiasts have a reason to cheer as the Agege based Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC has ensured the return of continental football to Lagos after a 13 – year absence.
The modest side in their quest to finish from a very disappointing last season in the NPFL clinched the continental spot by defeating Nasarawa United 2-0 courtesy of goals from Okorom Stanley and Tchato Giscard. The defeat means the side have claimed the deserved spot in the next edition of CAF Champions League.
The Olukoya Boys as they are fondly called by their darling fans did the unthinkable following their victory over the Solid Miners in one of NPFL Matchday 37 fixtures played on Sunday at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium.
Nasarawa United started the exciting encounter with series of sleek passes but they later surrendered to the resilient Lagos-based team after the first five minutes of exchange.
The man of the match, Okorom Stanley was the first to test the visiting side’s goalkeeper when he fired a right footed shot but it was well saved by Nassarawa’s Suraj Ayeleso.
The team scored the opening goal of the game when Olatunbosun Sikiru was brought down near the edge of the visitors’ box and the referee signaled for a free kick. Okorom Stanley fired a superb strike from the resultant free kick which left the Nasarawa United defenders in shock.
The right-back capped his man-of-the-match performance with an assist when he delivered a well tailored cross to Tchato Giscard to head home the second goal in the first minute of the added time. The second half ended with MFM FC maintaining a comfortable 2-0 lead.
Kabiru Dogo and his wards picked up in the second 45 minutes and created few goal scoring chances.
Abdulrahman Bashir was close to causing danger in MFM FC’s box when he grabbed a deflected effort in the 55th minute but he wasted the opportunity. Douglas Achiv set up Abdulbasit in the 70th minute of the match but the his shot went far off the upright.
MFM FC stood their ground and defended their two-goal lead with Olatunbosun Sikiru, Onuwa Chukwuka, Tchato Giscard forcing the Solid Miners to their own half while Opara Austine, Abisoye Olawale and Jonathan Zikiye did their jobs at the back superbly to defend the team’s lead.
The match ended 2-0 with the Olukoya Boys booking a continental ticket just in their second season in the Nigerian top flight.