MFM bring Dakkada’s unbeaten run on the road to a halt
By Alfred Okoligwe
MFM FC did just enough to earn themselves a slim victory in midweek by defeating visiting Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) new boys Dakkada FC in a Matchday 13 clash at the Agege Township Stadium.
The visitors were unbeaten in six games on the road and were determined to deny Tony Bolus and his boys a victory in the tie on Wednesday.
Dakkada FC succeeded in holding their lines in the first half as both teams struggled to get going.
It was a lacklustre affair in the opening exchanges as both teams tried to create chances. The half ended without both teams creating any scoring opportunities. The goalkeepers ended the first period without being tested.
The match came alive early in the second half as MFM registered the only goal of the match. Debutant Nnamdi Mejuobi scored the only goal with a sensational overhead kick as he finished a well worked throw-in routine. Dennis Obasi had the presence of mind to locate the striker in a crowded box and Mejuobi did the rest.
The early goal in the half gave the home team the impetus to be more expressive and they had the visitors on the back foot for long spells.
Clement Ogwu would have got his name among the goal in the 52nd minute if he was a bit more clinical. His shot from inside the box missed the post by whiskers.
MFM head coach Bolus made a tactical switch midway into the half by introducing Elijah Akanni and the playmaker almost paid immediate devidends. His runs was causing the visitors problems. He had the opportunity to pick out better placed players in the box in the 65th minute but elected to go for glory. His shot hit the side netting, it was a poor decision.
The visitors showed glimpses of why they were unbeaten on the road. Dakkada skipper Eso Archibong led from the front and his power playing style means he had to take some stopping. His shot from outside the area with a quarter of an hour to go almost ended at the back of the net but for goalkeeper Abayomi Folarin who was alert to the threat.
It was a grandstand finish in the final minutes of the game. Results could have gone either way as the visitors will rue the lost opportunity to restore parity. Osimaga Duke would have been the hero of the night for the visitors if he was a bit more clinical with his header. The lanky striker beat the offside trap and all he needed to do was head the ball beyond a stranded goalkeeper Folarin, but he somehow headed it wide.
MFM could have further punished them by doubling the lead through a counterattack in added time. A last ditch clearance saved the day for Caleb Esu and his boys.