Matchday 10 of the Nigeria Professional Football League kicked off on Friday night as in-form MFM FC recorded a 2-1 win over champions, Rangers International FC at the Agege Stadium, Lagos nicknamed ‘The Soccer Temple’ in a very interesting match.
Rangers International FC Coach Imama Amapakabo replaced the injured Nana Bonsu with Itodo Akor and also dropped Daniel Etor and Chibuzor Madu for Godwin Aguda and Charles Henlong. On the other hand, Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu of MFM FC named 16-year old freekick specialist, Akanni Elijah on his matchday squad, albeit on the bench.
The game kicked off with both sides playing with much intent but the first chances fell to the visitors as Bobby Clement and Obinna Nwobodo fluffed great chances in five minutes. MFM replied via Stephen Odey and Chukwuka Onuwa shots which were blocked but midway through the first half, Sikiru Olatunbosun produced a spectacular sight when he volleyed into the goal from the edge of the box to put MFM ahead.
MFM FC sustained the lead into the break and started the second half the same way they finished the first. Hotshot Stephen Odey scored his sixth of the season and MFM’s second of the night to give the champions a high mountain to climb.
Bobby Clement also scored another beauty to reduce the deficit and also score the first away goal at the soccer temple this season. Rangers could not find the equaliser as MFM stood their ground to win the game and go second on the table, four points behind leaders, Plateau United.
Rangers will have to wait for another game to record an away win this season after posting the best away record in their title winning run last season.
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