Sunday, 31 March 2019

Odey dangles cash on former teammates to beat Enyimba


Stephen Odey has promised his former MFM FC teammates cash incentive ahead of the Matchday 13 fixture in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) against Enyimba International FC on Sunday.

The Olukoya Boys who are yet to drop a point at home this season will welcome the People's Elephant to the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium this afternoon as they look forward to claiming their first-ever victory against the seven-time NPFL champions.

Odey revealed in an interview with nigeriasportsarena.blogspot.com why he has decided to boost his former team ahead of the big game against the Aba-based team.

“I remember when I was still playing in the NPFL, Enyimba’s game has always been a difficult one for us both on home and away soil. I was lucky to score a goal against them the last time we played them.

“I may not be with MFM FC but the team is always on my mind and beating Enyimba today will mean a lot to the team and it will go along way in helping the team to finish well, hence the reason behind the kind gesture.

“The money is a token but I believe it will motivate the team. I will be happy to see the team beat Enyimba today,” he stated.

The Olukoya Boys who have gathered 22 points from 12 NPFL games are sitting comfortably atop of the Group A table ahead of Enyimba who are second with 19 points.

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Anything less than three points against Enyimba is failure, Ilechukwu declares



Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC head coach Fidelis Ilechukwu has said to his team that anything short of victory against Enyimba International FC will amount to failure ahead of this weekend's game in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Group A leaders, MFM FC will host seven-time NPFL champions on Matchday 13 of the  top-flight at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium this Sunday as they look forward to recording their first-ever win against the People’s Elephant.

“Enyimba game is very important for us you know we have not beaten them before in our  home and away games,” said Ilechukwu in an interview with MFM FC Media.

The young coach talked about the importance of the match to his team’s ambition in the NPFL this season and also shared his knowledge of the opponents.

“It's a game we must win to remain at the top. We know their antics, we know their strengths and we know everything about Enyimba Football Club. I can tell you their possible line-up.

“(Austine) Oladapo, (Abdulrahman) Bashir, (Thomas) Zenke, Onuwa (Chukwuka) and (Stanley) Okorom may likely start but we have prepared for them. So anything less than three points is failure. We have prepared for the game and we are waiting for them,” Ilechukwu said.

Despite the visitors’ impressive unbeaten streak in recent matches this season, Ilechukwu believes his charges will at the end of the match put the Aba-based team to the sword.

“I am aware that Enyimba is a technical side and also of their unbeaten run. MFM Football Club, we are number one on the log on merit and we are no push over, so come Sunday Enyimba must fall.”

Thursday, 21 March 2019

MFM's Alli showers encomium on players for brave performance in Katsina


Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC assistant coach, Alli Suleman Obinna has showered praise on his team after their 1-1 outing against Katsina United on Wednesday.

Alli 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 encomium on the players for their worthy performance in an interview with MFM FC Media.

“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,” he said.

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 attempt 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 mistakenly handled the ball in his box. Destiny Ashadi stepped up and took the spot kick but Folarin denied him after a big 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 way 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.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Kada City declare Umar Awol




Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Kada City Football Club has declared one of its players, Umar Bala Mohammad AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave).


Umar has allegedly abandoned Kada City for weeks to Belarus.


The club Chief Executive Officer, Ekene Adams in a statement, said the footballer disappeared without the knowledge and approval of the management.


He noted that Umar was a regular member of the team and played their Week Two contest against Abia Warriors.


Ekene informed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that the player had not been issued any formal clearance or release.


The club management said the player is still under contract till December, 2022, adding that the authority will not hesitate to invoke the full consequence of any violation on any individual or club both home and abroad found liable in whatever form.


"We've not set our eyes on Umar after the game with Abia Warriors. We're surprised to hear he has signed with Belarus First Division side, through an agent Haruna Babangida former Nigerian intl and former FC Barcelona player.


"We urge all football club and stakeholders especially NFF to note that Umar remains a bonafide player of Kada City and he has existing contract till 2022."

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

U23 national team call-up excites MFM FC youngster Akpudje



Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC youngster, Joshua Akpudje says he is excited after making the Under-23 Nigeria national team that will face Libya in a doubleheader in the Africa U23 Cup of Nations qualifying series scheduled to hold in March.


Libya will host the first leg, first round of the 3rd edition of the AFCON U23 at the Bengerdan Stadium in Bengerdan, Tunisia on Wednesday, 20th March while the Nigerian U23 team will host the return leg four days later at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.


Akpudje, 20 who was invited to the Under 23 camp after his impressive performances for the Olukoya Boys in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) expressed his excitement after making the final squad for the AFCON qualifier games.


Speaking in an interview shortly after the release of the 23-man team the central defender said: “I am very excited for this call up to the Under 23 national team. I want to say a big thank you to the national team head coach, coach Imama and my coach at MFM FC Fidelis Ilechukwu for believing in me and I believe we will come out in flying colours against Libya.


“I will keep on putting in my best to develop and the national team is an avenue for me as a young player to showcase my talent to the world and I believe by the special grace of God with hardwork everything will work out well for the team,” the FEMAK Football Academy product told MFM FC Media. 

Monday, 18 March 2019

Ohanu unhappy despite 2-0 win over Bendel Insurance


Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC forward Michael Ohanu has expressed unhappiness despite his team's 2-0 home win against Bendel Insurance at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium in Lagos.

MFM FC beat Insurance of Benin 2-0 in one of the fixtures of Matchday 11 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to maintain their perfect home record courtesy of goals from Abisoye Olawale and Ohanu.

The Olukoya Boys started the encounter poorly and failed to make good use of the ball to their advantage although they were able to keep the visitors who were not too impressive at bay for the larger part of the exchange.

MFM took the lead in the 40th minute of match through defender, Abisoye Olawale's header off a cross from Jonathan Zikiye and got the second goal after 13 minutes of play in the second half when Ohanu rose highest in the box to nod home a cross from a well-taken free kick by Zikiye.

Ohanu disclosed in an interview to MFM FC Media after his team’s sixth home win of the season that he is not excited because his team played poorly but promised a better outing in MFM FC's subsequent league games.

“Honestly, I am not really happy because we didn’t play the way we wanted to play. The first half was not good but I think we played better in the second half.

“You know sometimes in football things don’t usually go as expected but at the same time we thank God for the three points which is more important and I believe we get better in our subsequent league matches,” he stated.

MFM are still sitting comfortably on the Group A table of the NPFL with 21 points from ten league games.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Victory is not 'Negotiable' against Bendel Insurance says Abubakar




Mountain of fire and Miracles Ministries FC attacker, Abubakar Ghali has disclosed to maxinews24.com that his side would leave no stone unturned as they aim for maximum three points against Bendel Insurance in Agege today.

According to the MFM prodigy "We are going to make soccer temple unbearable for Insurance of Benin in today's fixture . We want to make them pay dearly for our midweek reschedule defeat away to Lobi Stars of Makurd" said the 19 year - old Ghali


The former Mahaniam football club of Abuja product, promised to give over 100 percent performance as he brims with Confidence "I'm going to use my innate Prowess intelligently to increase our log standing points. My teeming followers at soccer temple are eager to seeing me unleashe my tricks, so I have put more pressure on myself to deliver beyond expectations " he vowed


Ghali would be making his fourth appearance against a very strong traditional NPFL side, Insurance of Benin in Agege later today.

Despite MFM's loss to Lobi Stars at Samuel Aper Aku Stadium, the Olukoya Boys  remained  atop of the Group A of the Nigerian top flight table.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Efe Ambrose joins Derby County senior team



Derby County newly recruited player, Efe Ambrose has joined the senior team of the English Championship side following his impressive display with the Rams Under 23 team.

The Nigerian international who joined Derby County last month (February) has been moved to the main team ahead of their Matchday 38 fixture against Rotherham.

A close relative to the utility player who can play as a central back and a right back disclosed to nigeriasportsarena.blogspot.com that former Hibernian player has been moved to the Rams main team as they prepare to face Rotherham.

“He has been moved from under 23 to the main team because they used under23 to build his fitness and they are satisfied with his fitness level.

“There next game will be march 30th away and he is likely to start playing with the main team from that date,” he disclosed.

Derby County are sitting on the 6th position on the English Championship table with 56 points from 37 league matches.

Omoyele's second league goal rescues a point for Nogoom FC



Nogoom FC of Egypt forward, Tosin Omoyele bagged his first away goal and his second in the Egyptian Premier League on Friday against El Harby El Entag  and helped his team secured a crucial away point.


The former Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) poster boy scored his team’s only goal of the game nine minutes into the first half after exchanging a pass with El Gbobashy who then returned the ball to him and he brilliantly put the ball beyond the goalkeeper.


The hosts drew level six minutes after Tosin's goal through Mohammed Mosaad but they failed to overpower Nogoom FC who are yet to win a league match in their last seven outings in the Egyptian top flight.


Omoyele tweeted this morning on his official Twitter handle @AbrahamAlabi3 appreciating El Gbobashy for providing the assist that led to his second goal in the colours of Nog.


“Got my second goal in the Egyptian Premier League after my fourth league start yesterday away from home against El Entag El Harby. Game ended 1-1 and we secured a point.


“Special thanks to El Gbobashy for the timely assist. We keep on fighting 💪💪💪 till we escape the drop”.


The draw has taken the Nog temporarily from the bottom of the table to 14th spot. They now have 23 points from 27 league matches. A win for them in their next league outing against El Dakhleya with take them to a respectable position on the log.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Lobi Vs MFM: We are in Benue to pick vital away "point" Abubakar


Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC forward, Abubakar Ghali  has expressed total Confidence  ahead of the Nigeria professional football (NPFL) Rescheduled Fixture,  between Lobi stars of Makurdi, that they are battled ready to pick up away points in today's encounter at Samuel Aper ku stadium in Benue state.

The sharp winger, Ghali who joined the Olukoya boys from Mahaniam FC in Abuja said" we have been preparing 'Mentally ', for this particular fixture with Lobi stars knowing full well how formidable they are.

" Personally, it's going to be a huge opportunity for me to announce my name yet again with ( 5 -Star) performance  at the apex  football league in Nigeria" He boded to Maxinews24. Com

Abubakar 18 also known as 'Callejon', believes The Fedelis Ilechukuw led Warriors would Compound the woes of Lobi stars this season.

 "All have not been well with the League winners, going by their recent games in the NPFL, and Continental. So we are poised to damage them before football fans at their home ground, for we are The Olukoya boys, we fear no foe " boasted ahead


Ghali is set to make his 3rd appearance in today's encounter, he had riveted the Soccer Temple football fans at Agege stadium with his 'Stopover' Gimmicks,  against abject Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna. The innate skills  led to their 3-2 come back victory over the latter, as he also featured in an away triumph to Remo stars of Shagamu.

Going into this fist leg, Mfm are on top of the Group A abridged League table with 18 points from eight games . And Lobi are relegation bound having garnered 8 points from 5 matches.

Western Nigeria Football Forum honour Ogunjobi


Arrangements have been concluded by the Western Nigeria Football Forum (WNFF) to hold a symposium in honour of late Chief Taiwo Joseph Ogunjobi.


According to the first Vice-President of Nigeria Football Federation, and coordinator WNFF Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, the symposium with the theme: 'celebrating the life and times of Ogunjobi' will hold on Wednesday March 13, at the indoor sports hall of Lekan Salami Satdium Adamasingba, Ibadan.


Akinwunmi further informed that former NFF President Alhaji Sani Lulu, Amaju Pinnick, Gbolagade Busari, Segun Odegbami, Ade Somefun, Gboyega Makinde, and Elder Bode Oyewole, among others will give tributes at the event expected to have commissioner for sports in Oyo and Osun as Special Guest of honour.


Akinwunmi, while expressing sadness over the death of the former NFF Secretary General said; "This is an avenue to honour him because he has done so well for football in the south west and Nigeria as a whole and enjoined all football stakeholders to turn out enmass to pay last respect to the former Sole Administrator of Shooting Stars Sports Club," he said.


However, there will be candle light procession  after the symposium.



Tuesday, 12 March 2019

We are fully prepared for Lobi, says Zikiye


Mountains of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC left-back, Jonathan Zikiye says his team are ready and fully prepared to give Lobi Stars a good fight for the three points ahead of the Nigeria Professional Football League League (NPFL) Matchday 3 rescheduled fixture.

The Makurdi-based team will host MFM in a rearranged Nigerian top flight fixture on Wednesday at the Aper Aku Stadium.

Both teams have met five times in the NPFL. MFM and the hosts won two games each and shared the spoils in their last meeting with a goalless draw.

Zikiye disclosed to MFM FC Media in an interview minutes after his team’s work out session on Tuesday at the Aper Aku Stadium that the Olukoya Boys are ready to  battle Lobi for the maximum points.

“We came to Makurdi fully prepared though we know the capability of what Lobi Stars can do on the pitch, they just came from the continent I think they will come all out because they struggled in their last home match. I think they will want to see how they can bounce back with this game.

“We are expecting a tough game as usual, we have respect for them but we are not banking on that, we have been training so hard ahead of the game and we are focused as well and there is a lot of concentration in our team. So I think we will give them a good run for the three points tomorrow," Zikiye said.

The Olukoya Boys are sitting comfortably on the NPFL Group A table with 18 points from eight games while Lobi Stars have seven points from five matches.