Head coach, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos, Fidelis Ilechuckwu has insisted that the media misunderstood him following a story credited to him that the management gave him a three match ultimatum.
MFM FC dispatched Niger Tornadoes Football club of Minna 2-0 in match day 17 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Thursday at the Agege Township Stadium.
Speaking after his team’s 7th win of the season, Ilechukwu allegedly disclosed to Journalists that he has been given a three match ultimatum prior to the week 17 encounter.
He claimed that he was misunderstood revealing that the management has never for once put him under pressure to deliver.
He said “ I’m surprised about the news I’m hearing, I believe I was misunderstood by the media because the management have been so magnanimous to me and have never put me under pressure.
“Yes, I told Journalists after our game against Niger Tornadoes FC that we’ve all decided to garner at least six points out of the nine available from our remaining three games before the mid season break, this was a decision taken by myself and my back room staff. Truth is, the management didn’t give me an ultimatum. The coaching crew did this as a way of motivating the boys.
“I also told the players they’ve everything to lose if they don’t win these games because I can put my money on it that they can never enjoy what they are enjoying right now in any other club. Imagine free food that they don’t have to touch their salaries which is very regular, a conducive atmosphere where they can walk up to the chairman to solve all their problems, etc. And I added that I can get a job elsewhere.
“It was my own way of motivating the players and I thank God it worked and we defeated Niger Tornadoes with a depleted team ravaged by injuries and loss of three key players to the national team. I didn’t know this was going to come out this way because I’ve heard of ultimatums being given to people all over the world and it is to motivate them. Why is this a big deal?
“However, I know I have ignorantly hurt some people, God knows I did this in good faith and I apologize to all and sundry for the way it has been misinterpreted,” concluded the young gaffer.
MFM FC will trade tackles with Ifeanyi Ubah Football Club of Nnewi in match day 18 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) tie coming up on Thursday at the Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium.