Olatunbosun’s screamer powers MFM to victory


MFM edged Akwa United to a 1-0 victory in their rescheduled Matchday 8 game of the NPFL on Friday at the Agege Stadium in Lagos, with effervescent forward, Sikiru Olatunbosun scoring the solitary goal.

Both sides enjoyed different fortunes in their CAF Champions League outings last time out and while Akwa United got off to a poor start in the competition losing 2-1 at home to Banjul Hawks of Gambia, MFM picked up a crucial point against Malian opposition, Real Bamako.

Influential MFM attacker, Adegboyega Adekunle missed out on this one after picking up a knock against Real Bamako but Sikiru Olatunbosun, who was not registered for the CAF Champions League returned to the Olukoya Boys starting XI.
On the flip side, ex-MFM midfielder, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi was notably missing for Coach Maikaba’s side while injured duo of Musa Newman and Christian Pyagbara remain sidelined.

Akwa United struck the woodwork twice in a breathless opening 20 minutes through Anikeme who nipped through the MFM defence having been played through by Olisema but saw his effort come off the upright. The striker was not second time lucky though as he rattled the woodwork yet again moments later following good work from Kester.

Those early misses were soon punished when MFM, relatively dour for most of the early exchanges went ahead against the run of play, Waheed drifting in brilliantly to tee up Olatunbosun who guided a sensational screamer beyond United’s goalkeeper, Iwu.

Ibe came close with a tame header for the Promise Keepers just after the restart but it went off target as the visitors swiftlg began threatening to assert more dominance on the game. Ubong Friday who replaced Michael Ibe sent a sizzling effort wide from close range in the dying moments though the win would come at a cost for Fidelis Ilechukwu side as goalscorer, Olatunbosun pulled up with an injury five minutes from time.

Match details:

MFM teamlist:

Folarin Abayomi 1
Okorom Stanley 28
Opara Austin 30
Emiloju Julius 20
Monsuru Bashiru 18
Tchato Gisgard 6
Adesola Ademola 4
(74’↩)Onuwa Chukwuka 10
(36’⚽ 85’↩)Olatunbosun Sikiru 2
(71’↩)Akinyemi Nojeem 9
(36’👟)Adebayo Waheed 29

Nasamu Emmanuel 32
Uwaga Chuka 3
Ubakanma Peter 14
(85’↩)Abiodun Ayinde 13
Lawal Abayomi 37
(74’↩)Akuneto Chijioke 16
(71’↩)Akila Jesse 23

Akwa United team list:

Emmanuel Iwu 22
Otobong Effiong 16 (c)
Gabriel Wassa 20
Kelly Kester 12
Ariwachukwu Emmanuel 15
Godspower Igudia 35
(66’↩)Cyril Olisema 26
(75’↩)Michael Ibe 23
(79’↩)Victor Mbaoma 17
Aminu Nuhu 21
Anikeme Asuquo 33

Ojo Olorunke 30
(79’↩)Gabriel Okechukwu 25
Dennis Nya 6
(75’↩)Ubong Friday 7
(66’↩)Katho Haggai 5
Kodjovi Dadzie 31
Christopher Lolo 32


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