Agege based side, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club, MFM FC, secured a vital in their quest to enter into the group stages of the 2018 CAF Champions League.
Monsuru Bashiru’s screamer gave MFM FC a deserved 2-1 win over MC Alger of Algeria in a tenacious first-round match played at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium, Lagos Mainland, yesterday, Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
The goal, which we welcomed with loud cheers was scored by the defensive midfielder in the 84th minute of the tensed tie.
Football enthusiasts and fans of both teams were thrilled with the best of football artistry as MFM FC dominated the first 15 minutes of the game and came close to scoring on several occasions but the MCA defenders were resolute with their defending.
Monsuru first attempted a lob five minutes into the entertaining encounter but went inches wide. Two minutes later, Akuneto Chijioke received a beautiful pass from Onuwa Chukwuka and turned his marker with a nice footwork before releasing a shot which was saved by MC Alger’s goalkeeper, Chaal Farid.
The Olukoya Boys were presented with another chance to open the scoring in the 30th minute of the exchange but Farid parried Nojeem Akinyemi’s long shot to safety.
MFM FC broke the deadlock in the 34th minute. Akuneto calmly put the Lagos-based team in front from the spot sending the impressive Chaal the wrong way after he was brought down inside box.
The visitors were denied a chance of putting the scores on level terms before the break following a smart save from MFM FC’s Egbe.
MFM FC had a chance to double the lead two minutes into the second half. Teenage forward, Lawal Abayomi set Akuneto up with a brilliant pass but the latter’s goal-bound attempt was saved by the MC Alger goalkeeper.
In the 55th minute of the game, MC Alger scored a deserved equalizer through Abdulaziz Ammachi who slotted the ball past the onrushing MFM FC goalkeeper.
After the equalizer, MFM FC took absolute control of the game but they were unable to crack the visitor’s defence open.
With less than seven minutes to wrap up the encounter, Bashiru surfaced from the middle of the park with an unexpected screamer to give his team a hard-earned victory over MC Alger.
MFM FC now has a leg in the group stages of the CAF Champions league with the 2 – 1 first leg victory. The second leg of the encounter is scheduled tentatively for March 17, 2018, in Algeria.
Watch a video of the stunning strike below.
— Dumnodi Okonta (@mitchokonta) March 7, 2018