Adeniji Kabir scores winner at Remo Stars as MFM extend lead in Group A

By Tola Badekale

MFM FC players hugged themselves at the last blast of the referee’s whistle and ran to their fans who had made the trip with them to Osogbo. The significance of their 1-0 victory over Remo Stars in the NPFL on Wednesday was not lost on them and their excited coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu.

This was their first victory away from home since June 2018 when they pipped FC Ifeanyiubah in Nnewi by a lone goal.

With the loss of most of their superstar players to richer clubs, this is largely a collection of fledglings and they would have been well aware that the MFM before them usually had it tough on the road. But a derby throws so many things out of the window; and so it proved.

Adeniji Kabir arrived just in time to tap in a low cross by Joshua Abah for a goal that altered the approach of both teams from then on but ultimately did not change the result.

MFM invested more in defending what they had and knew a successful day would materialise if they among other things, keep Remo Stars’ inspirational leader, Victor Mbaoma quiet. They did so very effectively. His header in the 19th minute was straight at the goalkeeper and a near collision with teammate Michael Bolaji in the 32nd minute which led to a poor shot by Bolaji, were his only sights of goal for Remo Stars in the first half.

Mbaoma’s second half was better forgotten, even sad. He left the pitch limping with 57 minutes played. Not that Remo had much on show from an attacking point of view before then. But it got worse as they huffed and puffed and the newfound control in their play which had been on display in recent games was missing due to their desperation for an equalizer.

It was instead MFM who looked dangerous with their occasional counter-attacks. The pace of Chijioke Akuneto and Abah troubled the Remo rear but they made poor passes at critical moments.

Ilechukwu was delighted with the win of course. “We shall aim to consolidate on this away victory by taking the maximum points at home, starting with the next match this weekend against Niger Tornadoes.”

Remo Stars coach, Keneddy Boboye was a distraught figure in the end. With heads bowed, he left the pitch side wondering how his team would make up for this loss.

MATCH STATS
Remo Stars 0-1 MFM FC
SHOTS ON: 1-4
SHOTS OFF: 4-3
CONERS: 5-1
FOULS: 13-16
YELLOW CARD: 0-2 (Adeyinka Najeem, Adeniji Kabir)
RED CARD: 0-0