MFM demystify Kano Pillars in second half blitz
By Tola Badekale
Football being a game of two halves found beautiful expression in a contest that tested the mentality of MFM, exposed the underbelly of Kano Pillars and left most fans inside Agege Stadium agreeing that they witnessed their money’s worth.
MFM came from a goal down to beat Kano Pillars 3-1 in match they simply had to win to avoid being dragged into a relegation slug fest.
Pillars had taken the lead in the 34th minute from a howler by MFM keeper, Folarin Abayomi, who fumbled a routine grab of a corner kick, allowing the ball escape his hold to drop behind the goal line.
Kano Pillars had been the better side until that moment, but they would have been excused if they did not expect to be gifted the lead in that fashion.
The goal came after slack defending had presented a clear opening to PIllars striker, Nwagua Nyima. He dribbled Abayomi but his intent on making it a cute goal got the better of him as Abayomi somehow recovered to block his effort, albeit sustaining an injury in the process.
He was substituted after conceding the goal as his pain worsened and his team mates were just happy to see the end of a half that offered little to their anxious fans.
From their point of view, the second half was made in heaven for MFM. They invested more in belief as much as they pushed more men into attacking play. Chimezie Izuchukwu was finding joy down the right and his low cross was inch perfect for an arriving Adeniji Adeowle to dispatch for the equaliser.
That goal was the needed fillip for the home side. Sensing more could come, they brought in Ogwu Clement for Izuchukwu just two minutes after his assist. That proved to be the best decision anyone made in the match.
Ogwu immediately forced a fine save by Pillars keeper, Suraj Ayeleso, the first of three chances they created within the hour mark and the 64th minute. They were enough warnings that Pillars did not heed until Ogwu’s superb volley from just inside the box put MFM 2-1 up.
The turn-around was finalised in the 81st minute with Ogwu’s brace. Right on the edge of the box, MFM won a free kick and the manner of his placement announced him as the unlikely hero of the Soccer Temple.
Ogwu may have been the anchor of a come-from-behind win with his goals, but in truth, it was a fantastic team performance by MFM in the second half.
MFM 3-1 KANO PILLARS
SHOTS ON: 8-4
SHOTS OFF: 7-5