Mountain of Fire and Ministries Football Club – MFM head coach Fidelis Ilechukwu says his team is under no pressure ahead of Saturday’s NPFL home fixture against Akwa United.
Ilechukwu leads his side into the week 14 fixture a calm and relaxed man having done all that is required of him to put his lads in top gear for the NPFL 7pm showdown at Agege Stadium.
MFM look more acclimatized to their surroundings but against an under-pressure Akwa United side, they are up against a very formidable opponent and the Olukoya Boys’ boss acknowledges the threat Akwa United will pose but remains confident in his lads’ ability to deliver maximum points for the fans.
“The most important thing for us is working hard to play well because if you play well there’s possibility of winning. I also know it’s not going to be easy because Akwa is a very good side. I think we are just learning from most of the top teams and believe me we can only get better as the season progresses.
“The good thing is that we’re not under any sort of pressure because we have prepared for them. We know they are Federation and Super Cup Champions and before you beat a champion, you need to prepare very well. We need to be 100% to win the game tomorrow and by God’s grace we will achieve the desired result.” The MFM boss told fcnaija.com
On the quality of his opponent for Saturday’s game, Illechukwu added: “I have seen a couple of their games and without doubt they are a good side but we have an advantage ahead of Saturday’s clash because we are playing at home and the fans behind us is a bigger advantage for us to win.
“They are going to be playing under pressure because of their poor run of results but my team is not under pressure to win.
“MFM is not fighting for anything so we dont have any reason to be under pressure. It is those that are fighting for something that are under pressure but for us, the fight is making sure we retain NPFL status after 38 games.” The coach added.
Ninth placed MFM head into Saturday’s clash with 19 points from 13 league fixtures following five wins, four draws and four defeats while the boys from South-South one place behind their host on the NPFL log with 18 points from five wins, three draws and five losses.