Plateau United 1-0 MFM: Five talking points

By Clement Nwankpa Jr

Plateau United defeated MFM 1-0 at the New Jos Stadium thanks to Tosin Omoyele’s second minute strike. Here are five talking points…

(1) MFM are not ready for the continent

This might be brutal, but frank. MFM seem the least prepared of all the nation’s continental representatives. They played good football at times and some burgeoning stuff oozed from the entire set-up, but they hardly inspire confidence or instill awe in oppositions. You need that bullish, bulldozer presence to force things through on the continent. They are easy prey on the road because they are such a lightweight. Beautiful football isn’t everything. Ask some ‘Prof’ in North London…

(2) Sikiru’s struggles

By his standards, Sikiru Olatunbosun was so poor. He was the one the team looked forward to, but at some point, it was hard to even spot him on the pitch. We know players have off-days but Sikiru’s level of anonymity in this game calls for concern. What is wrong with this lad? We should now ask this question?

(3) Akila returns home

While Sikiru struggled, Jesse Akila provided MFM’s goal threats accounting for three of their five attempts at goal. Wearing the captain’s band on the day, he was the team’s only notable presence in the final third. Not surprising though, he is a Jos boy and had many cheering him on the stands. By the time he was substituted in the 83rd minute, he left to a rousing ovation.

(4) Omoyele opens his NPFL goals account

It has taken five matches for Tosin Omoyele to score his first NPFL goal. He was one of the leading scorers in the NNL last season and has done everything well save for scoring in the previous four matches. He even notched one assist in the 3-0 defeat of El-Kanemi in last midweek. He was a menace to MFM defence. His pace and directness made the opposition’s hearts beat faster. Expect his confidence to hit the skies now that he has come off the mark.

(5) Amaefule in Itodo’s shoes

Daniel Itodo’s throws was United’s biggest asset last term. With his involvement at CHAN, coach Kennedy Boboye has had to consider other goalscoring options. In this game, Chizoba Amaefule did his bit to fill Itodo’s void. His throws may not be as potent as Itodo’s but they caused tense moments all the same. His first on the day was jabbed in by Omoyele for the match winner.