NPFL Preview: MFM FC, 3SC ready for South West derby

MFM FC squad Vs Shooting Stars

MFM FC squad sing the club’s anthem ahead of NPFL match day two showdown with Rivers United at Agege stadium, Lagos.

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos will be up against Shooting Stars Sports Club  (3SC) of Ibadan in match day 23 of the Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) tie which will be decided at the Agege Township Stadium this weekend.

Nigerian football League lovers in Lagos State will have another moment of sumptuous football experience to savour when the two teams meet on Sunday in a thrilling encounter tagged ‘the South West Derby.

Both teams have met on three occasions prior to this meeting. The first engagement was in the 2013/14 Nigeria National League (NNL) season. MFM FC beat the visitors 2-1 in the first leg at the Agege stadium while The Oluyole Warriors muscled out a 2-0 win in the return fixture in Ibadan.

This meeting between MFM FC and 3SC will be the fourth in a competitive competition and the second in the NPFL.

The away team won the first meeting of this same fixture in match day 3 of the ongoing top-flight season with a 3-0 victory.

Coach Fidelis Ilechuckwu’s side resumed training on Saturday after a week of active Football away from home as they hope to amass the maximum points at stake in this duel.

Having scored three goals and conceded four in their last two league matches, the  Olukoya Boys will be approaching this tie with an attacking mind set.

The Lagos-based team has an edge over the struggling Ibadan-based team putting into perspective their fine run of form in the NPFL. They are currently in 8th place in the league table with 30 points from 21 league matches.

Coach Gbenga Ogunbote and his wards  occupy the 18th position in the 20-team league table with 23 points from 21 matches. They have conceded 34 goals and managed to score 22.

Ilechukwu has ordered his players to approach the game with the sole aim of emerging victorious at the end of 90 minutes.

The MFM FC gaffer will be depending on the experience of  dependable defender, Opara Austine to lead the back four.

Former Nigeria under 20 midfield maestro, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Onuwa Chukwuka, Oladele Oshobe, Atu Irumekhai Paul and others are expected to be in the middle of the park.

Tricky left-winger, Sikiru Olatunbosun, teenage striker, Stephen Odey, Austine Ogunye , Adekunle Adegboyega and Monday Shinshinma will be doing the goal scoring business in the attack.

The Olukoya Boys are brimming with a lot of confidence going into this must-win battle in front of their teaming fans, thus we are in for a delectable football experience. Kick off is 4pm.