Fans Hail MFM FC as Worthy Champions of Lagos Federation Cup


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Debutants in the Nigeria Premier Football league (NPFL), MFM FC, on Sunday at Agege Stadium crowned their impressive run the 2015/2016 Lagos State Federation Cup with a 4-0 whitewash of the Bridge Boys.
The victory has given them and the runners-up, Bridge Boys, the tickets to represent Lagos State in the national finals to be played later in the year.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Lagos-based club has recorded emphatic wins both in the Nigeria Professional Football League and the just-concluded state Federation Cup.
The win over the Bridge Boys, another Lagos-based club, was however the first ever in their history in the competition sponsored by the Golden Bet.
In an obviously one-sided final match played in the filled Agege Stadium, MFM started the game on a high tempo which paid off in the 41st minute.
Sikiru Olatunbosun, opened scoring when he latched on a left footed shot into the net to put his side on the driving seat. This became the opener of the floodgate for goals.
It took only three minutes into the second half, when Olatunbosun through another solo effort made it 2-0 to complete his brace for the match.
Mercurial Midfielder, Chukwuma Onuwa, scored the third goal in the 50th minute, while Nelson Tenedon scored the fourth in the last minutes of the encounter.
En-route the finals, MFM was ruthless in their campaign in the Federation Cup with 15 goals and just a goal conceded in the five games played.
It defeated Yobo FC 3-0 in the round of 32 and walloped last year’s winner of the Cup, the Nath Boys 3-0 in the round of 16.
In the quarter-finals, MFC defeated Thunder Balogun FC 2-1 with goals from Stephen Odey and Austine Ogunye and whitewashed Synergy FC 3-0 in the semi-finals.
Commenting on the MFM win, their Coach Fidelis Illechukwu, said that his team deserved to win the competition, adding that they were well prepared for the games.
“It is a competition we want to win and thank God we won. I am happy for winning this trophy we have been targeting for years; thank God we won it at last. ‎
“My players did so well and played according to our plan. I am very proud of them because this FA Cup means a lot to me.
“I want to say kudos to them for a job well done. I believe this victory will motivate us going into our next league match against Enugu Rangers this Wednesday at our home ground,’’ he told NAN.
Also, an elated Media Officer of MFM, Olawale Quadri, said that the FA Cup win was a well-deserved reward for the hard work the entire team had put into their strategy.
“The players, coaching crew and the entire management of MFM have put so much effort into building this team and we are already having results.
“I give kudos to the players for their positive attitude during the entire match and I hope we will replicate the same at the national finals,’’ he said.
Olatunji Idowu, a butcher in Agege, said that Lagos fans would be eternally grateful to MFM for restoring the joy of FA Cup in Lagos.
“I am so happy with this team, it has been long we saw a team like this in Lagos and it reminds me of the good old days of Julius Berger and Stationary Stores.
“I think they deserve all the support and I will do everything at my disposal to support the team and also encourage others that good times are here again for Lagos soccer.
“I sincerely wish they do well in the national finals so that Lagos fans will have something to show for their support,’’ he said.
A sports consultant, Olatunji Gabriel, said that MFM was a worthy champion and had what it takes to be champions of the FA Cup in Nigeria with their current form.
“MFM has what it takes to be champions, see what they did to get to this stage, they won convincingly and that is good for the game.
“I have no doubt in my mind that they will do well later in the championship,’’ he said.

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