- Published on Sunday, 06 August 2017 21:20
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By Tola Badekale
MFM FC and Enyimba fired blanks in their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the Ageg Stadium in Lagos on Sunday. The game ended 0-0.
Players of both teams huddled up in the centre circle after the match for prayers in an act that reflected the fairness of the result on both sides as Enyimba did enough to get a point against MFM in a goalless match.
It was a result that considerably dented the title aspirations of both sides but Enyimba would rue moments in each half when captain Mfon Udoh was clean on goal only to cut back and have the chance snuffed out, while MFM would argue Adekunle Adegboyega should have had a penalty given him rather than a foul for simulation in a first half they dominated. TV replays showed there was no contact between Enyimba goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai and the attacker.
The opening 20 minutes had Enyimba mesmerised by the usual quick passing, movement and zeal of MFM, which however profited nothing. Enyimba soon began to emerge from their shells and in the 26th minute, Ugochukwu Leonard had the first shot on target for the Peoples Elephant.
This was followed by a speculative shot by full back, Chima Akas, which almost dipped at the last moment.
If MFM bossed the opening 20 minutes of the match, it was the visitors who had control of the second half. With 50 minutes gone, Udoh should have given them a goal their good start to the second half merited as he was put through on goal but instead of shooting, he decided to take on his nearest marker and the danger was cut off. Corner kicks followed in succession for Enyimba but none was converted.
In not getting a goal, the visitors employed controlled aggression to ensure MFM never took the lead. This was exemplified by Kelly Kester, who played in midfield alongside Dare Ojo. Their jobs included neutralising the threat of Chukwuka Onuwa and closing down space usually needed by MFM's midfield passers.
It worked to good effect so much Enyimba became only the second team to deny FM all three points at home this season.
MFM remain in second place with 56 points, three behind leaders Plateau United. Enyimba stay in fourth on 51 points.
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