Lagos - Fidelis Ilechukwu, Chief Coach of Mountain of Fire
and Miracles Ministries (MFM) FC of Lagos says he expects victory when Nasarawa
United of Lafia host them in their 2015/2016 Nigeria Premier League opener.
MFM, debutants in the competition, gained promotion to the
Nigeria Premier League (NPL) at the end of last season under the tutelage of
The team in preparation for the elite division had played
friendly matches with top clubs in the premier league and did fairly well.
Nasarawa United, coached by Kabiru Dogo, had secured a slim
2-1 win against Senegalese side, Generation Foot, in the first leg of their preliminary
round clash of the CAF Confederation Cup at the National Stadium, Abuja last
On the readiness of MFM team for the first match in the
elite division, Ilechukwu told NAN on telephone that the team had nothing to
fear about Nasarawa United’s status.
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“We are aware of the team we are going to play as a
continental playing one; this has not put any fear in us, we are focused on
what we want to do on the field of play.
“The team is in high spirit to win the match; because
matches are not played on papers, it is a game between two teams.
“We have prepared well before this game and I am expecting
nothing but victory in our outing against a tough Nasarawa side.
“It will be a tough match against this experienced team
because they will not like to lose against us, but this will not deter us from
doing our best,’’ he said.
Ilechukwu said that the management of MFM had done enough to
motivate the players, including avoiding travelling by road to some away
fixtures that are not close.
“The players will be going by flight to Abuja; the team is
financially buoyant to accommodate that and maybe to most of our away matches
that are far from us.
“MFM management does not owe any of the players, we are well
motivated and we have no injury scare in camp, we are in high spirit for the
“We have strong, experienced and mature players in the
attack; midfield and our defenders are vast in their department too.
“We will do our best not to disappoint our fans; Nasarawa
may be a more experienced team, but that does not give them an edge over us,’’
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