Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos bowed to Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia after a 3-1 defeat in match day 13 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The Umuahia Township Stadium witnessed another scintillating match between MFM FC and Abia Warriors FC but the homers emerged victorious at the end of 90 minutes courtesy of goals from Uche Ihuarulam, Ndifreke Effiong and Stanley Okoro. MFM FC scored their their only goal of the game through captain Kenedinum Chuks.
Ihuarulam poked home the first goal of the match after two minutes of play as the host dominated the game in the first 23 minutes but all their efforts to increase the lead were thwarted by the visitors defenders.
Coach Fidelis Ilechuckwu’s men soaked up the pressure and controlled the game by forcing their host to their own half. They won three free kicks but failed to make good use of the set-pieces.
The first half ended with Abia Warriors FC maintaining a one-goal lead.
The second half saw three goals from both teams. The Umuahia-based team got the second goal of the game in the 64th minute through Stanley Okoro who came in to replace Bolaji Sakin.
Coach Ilechuckwu made his first substitution a minute before the second goal when he introduced teenage striker, Stephen Odey for former Abia Warriors player, Atu Paul.
Ndifreke Effiong netted the third goal for the home side in the 74th minute after Ihuarulam was fouled by MFM FC goalkeeper, Nasamu Emmanuel.
Kenedinum Chuks came off the bench a few minutes after the Warriors third goal to replace Onuwa Chukwuka who had a fantastic game, the captain pulled a goal back for the Lagos-based team.
Sikiru Olatunbosun of MFM FC was fouled in the box in the 89th minute of the game but the referee adjudged it a goal-kick. The encounter ended in a 3-1 victory for the Abia-based team.
Abia Warriors FC now sit in the second position with 23 points while MFM FC dropped to the 8th position with 19 points from 13 league matches.