After a rocky period, MFM FC are again ambitiously eyeing a return to the continent after playing in the CAF Champions League in 2018. Footballlive.ng reflects on the turnaround at the club.
This team has the potential to do something more and they could maintain first place in the Group A of the 2018/19 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season and stay there. It will depend on how much the players believe they can. Last season, the survival objective of the team bored the fans. Let’s see if we can do a bit more.
Their pre season form was very steady and impressive. In a Group that also includes big guns like Enyimba, Rivers United, Enugu Rangers and Lobi Stars. The need to steady the ship was made more paramount at the beginning of the season. With 18 points picked so far, fans of the club are already dreaming of the ultimate.
From Austin Opara, Abisoye Olawale and Jonathan Zikiye’s competent covering of defensive positions of the back-line to the work-rate shown by new arrival Michael Ohanu and Kabir Adeniji’s goal poaching instincts, the Lagos based team adequately showed signs on what coach Fidelis Ilechukwu described as a ‘high energy team game’. MFM FC look to have rediscovered an identity which made them the toast of fans in the 2016/17 NPFL season.
Ilechukwu has been clear in his message to the players – they are each talented enough to play in any formation, provided they have the correct attitude and commitment.
Ilechukwu’s core focus of work-rate, running and aggression are traits evident in the MFM side. Significantly, it is an approach of sharp contrast some coaches in the land who are lazy and unmotivated.
You won’t belief that a team that lost Sikiru Olatunbosun and Chukwuka Onuwa could still compete with the big guns on the domestic scene.
Yet, different this time is that the Olukoya Boys look to be bending towards their Coach’s will. Centring tactics on a ball-playing centre-midfielder shielded by two high-energy players, the team has looked well organized in it approach.
Important to the team’s progress is this renewed sense of a returning identity and team spirit. You never can tell. Maybe a crack at the continent at the end of the season.