Fidelis Ilechukwu coach of MFM FC has opened up on factors that led to his team’s near relegation last season in the NPFL.
Featured recently as a guest on popular Nigeria Football League Show, Naija Made on Supersport, Ilechukwu says indiscipline nearly cost MFM its league status at the end of the last campaign.
At the end of the first half of last season MFM FC were placed 10th on the table but went on to fight relegation.
This campaign, they are currently placed second behind league leaders Plateau Utd and Coach Ilechukwu says there are no worries to what the future holds, as there is a big difference between the team last time out and at present.
“To me as a coach the difference between MFM last season and this season is discipline. Last season some players decided to be bigger than the coach but this season the coach is in charge.
“MFM is bigger than anybody” said the Ilechukwu.
The young coach however refused to reveal the players who had big egos, saying things were now different at the club hence their position now.
However of last season’s key players only Ifeanyi Ifeanyi and Musa Newman have left, while the likes of Sikiru Olatunbosun, Stephen Odey, Stanley Okorom, Julius Emiloju, Obanor Erhun, Onuwa Chukwuka and Folarin Abayomi have all remained.
The coach revealed that the players who left did so upon request as the club never at anytime planned to sell them.
Ilechukwu also told the TV host, motivation at the club is great and that coupled with adhering to the training regiment as laid down by the technical crew this has led to the great performance witnessed so far.
“The truth is that motivation is very important in anything you are doing. Our players are well motivated.
“And for training, a player cannot decide when he wants to train and the program he wants to do claiming to be bigger than the coach.
“We drop our programs if you don’t train you won’t play. If you don’t get to camp in time you don’t play. Coaches have to monitor you” he added.
MFM FC are currently placed second on the league table with 33 points, two points behind leaders Plateau United who have played a game less.
League enthusiasts are keen to see how MFM will fair in the second stanza of the season.