The assistant coach of Agege based side, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC (MFM FC), Alli Suleman Obinna has showered encomiums on his team after their brave performance in the 1-1 draw against Katsina United on yesterday, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
Suleman, who led the team to Katsina in the absence of head coach Fidelis Ilechukwu, who is on national assignment with the Nigerian Olympic team, showered praises on the players for their great performance in the tie.
According to him; “First and foremost, I want to thank God Almighty because Katsina is not an easy place for us to play and get what we have got.
“I really want to applaud the boys for the way they approached the game and at the end of the game we got the one point notwithstanding we still need to prepare and forge ahead for the remaining matches so that we can be in a better position at the end of the season.”
MFM FC were forced to a 1-1 draw to extend their lead in Group A with six points in a rescheduled fixture of Matchday 9 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) decided at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium.
The hosts dominated the larger part of the first 45 minutes of the proceedings with several attempts on goal and precise attacking moves but MFM FC goalkeeper Folarin Abayomi stood his ground and made series of saves.
Katsina United were awarded a penalty in the 17th minute of the game when Abisoye Olawale handled the ball in his box. Destiny Ashadi stepped up and took the spot kick but Folarin denied him with a good save.
The Changi Boys had a chance to score the first goal on the half hour mark off a nicely executed free kick taken by Ashadi but his attempt and a rebound from Martins Usule hit the cross bar.
With one minute to wrap the first half, Chijioke Akuneto raced on to a lovely pass from Elijah Akanni who had earlier initiated a move from midfield and put the ball beyond Dami Paul with a screamer from around 35 yards out.
The hosts drew level in the 70th minute of the exchange through Usule’s close range finish. Katsina United made several attempts to score the second goal but the youthful MFM side thwarted all their moves.
The Olukoya Boys maintain top spot in Group A of the NPFL standings with 22 points from 11 league matches.