There is this cold and hard truth about NPFL that stings painfully. It’s unpredictable. One Matchday you’re battling for top spot and the next Matchday you are battling for survival. Sadly, for faithful followers who pay to watch matches at the Agege Stadium, MFM FC might get that barbaric treatment once again but thankfully, it won’t be as harsh as last season, when they were thrown back into the cut-throat fight for survival but this time, into a fierce battle for Continental ticket.
After an anti-climax debut season last term, which saw them dwindle quickly from that effervescent and adventurous start at the first half of the season, into naive and tamed green horns that dropped crucial points five times at home at the latter stages and barely escaped relegation only for the indiscipline of Heartland.
MFM FC learnt a handful of lessons, hurled pieces together and conjured themselves up for an improved season and it was evident by Matchday 12. They’ve squeezed in 6 away points without dropping a single point at home, a significant improvement on their performance by that same time last season when they had let Rangers and Enyimba milked points away from the Soccer Temple.
Two successive wins followed and they were sitting at the Summit with an unbelievable run of 6-games without defeat.
Bouyed by the fey partnership of the ‘Triple O’ (Onuwa, Odey and Olatunbosun), The Olukoya Boys are the only side that had wrestled the top spot from Plateau United. No other team could touch them.
But the Unpredictable nature of NPFL has crept in on them, just 2 slips at home to Akwa United and Enyimba and their season is spinning towards another direction. Blame them for being poor travellers throughout the second half of the season and you’ll need a reminder it’s the NPFL and it’s ‘hold your backyard, make I hold mine’.
Despite all these point-hopping and impressive battles for the title, MFM are currently nearer to the 5th position than they are to the title. With Plateau six points clear at the top and Akwa United and Enyimba breathing down their neck with 54 points each, just 2 adrift with greater goals difference. You can say hell is looming and a slip, just a tiny one might blow their season.
With 4 games to go, 2 away to Abia and El-Kanemi (the latter being a greedy host with a scary fortress) and the fact that one of the home games, against a team that is desperately fighting the drop – Gombe United, will be played without the duo (Odey and Olatunbosun) that has been the propelling shafts in their impressive season, you don’t need a telescope to see the potential fluff.
Fedelis Ilechukwu said earlier this season that his boys won’t repeat last season’s second stanza lethargy but they have and now, just a glitch and their season is over.
Oh! NPFL…This league Sha.
What do you make of Shehu Idris’ opinion on MFM FC’s possible slip down the league table? Do you think they’ll miss out from the Top-3 positions? Drop your comments in the comments box below.