Chris Kpekpe struck in the 50thminute struck through a header off an Ebuka Akobundu header sailed in for the only goal of the game.
Go Round FC had not won in 6 games and with pressure from the fans and management (they had just been issued a three match ultimatum) the coach, Ngozi Elechi tweaked his starting XI.
In camp Ekunta Etenfa, top scorer from last season (10 goals) who was yet to get a game this season.
Also, playing a front three of Ekunta Etenfa, Okon Otop and Shadrack Oghali was reminiscent of last season in the Nigeria National League, NNL. It was the first time this season he was playing this.
However, the match rustiness of Etenfa showed as he huffed and puffed until he was taken off in the 54th minute for Adelani Adeseun.
“Etenfa did well,” Ngozi Elechi said after the game.
“For someone who has not been in action for so long I saw his dazzling runs and hopefully by the time we play Wikki Tourists he will be okay. To me I rate him high because he did very well,” Elechi said.
MFM attacked in fits and starts and it was not until late into the game that they began to show more interest, especiGally after the introduction of Sikiru Olatunbosun for Muyiwa Balogun in the 49thminute and Chukwudi Onuwa for Akinyemi Nojeem in the 66th.
MFM, not paying attention to little details made a substitution (Olatunbosun) while defendign a corner, and the resulting kick led to the goal they conceded from that Chris Kpekpe header.
Coach of the MFM side, Fidelis Ilechukwu blamed fatigue for the below par showing of his team, saying the players have done their best.
“Both sides gave good account of themselves but we lost the game because of fatigue.
“Playing four games under nine days is not good for us. There is nothing we can do now but to prepare for the next game against Tornadoes,” Illechukwu said.
“In life things are always like that. We did well last season but combining continental football with Nigerian League is very difficult. The boys have really done their best. This is what we have.”
Go Round FC created more chances in the game but profligacy as usual was their greatest undoing.
Shadrack Oghali should have scored in the 7th minute when he connected a header from Okon Otop, turned well and shot on target but it was saved by Folarin Abayomi.
Seven minutes later, in a quick counter, Akinyemi Nojeem made a 40 yard run at the Go Round FC area, laid back the ball for Balogun Muyiwa who’s shot was as wayward as they get.
MFM could have gone ahead in the 21st minute when Stanley Nwabali, trying to perfect his sweeper keeper role played the ball onto the path of Akinyemi, but the ambitious striker failed to chip him from thirty yards.
As if taking it in turns, it was Go Round’s next as Okon was freed in the MFM area but his attempt to chip Folarin Abayomi was woeful.
In the 2nd half, both sides made attempts to score, Go Round, trying to increase the tally after Kpekpe’s 50th minute goal and MFM to equalise.
Sikiru Olatunbosun should have drawn level in the 69th minute. He turned well in the box and put the ball behind keeper Stanley Nwabali but it went a little wide.
There were sighs of relief in the terraces at the end of the game.
MFM coach, Fidelis Illechukwu told the media after the game that he always has a positive mentality to win all games but the Go Round FC side he met were very good and deserved to win.
“We have a dream of being positive to win every game but Go Round is good and are one of the best in the Nigeria Professional Football League.
“They have young players and a good coach and deserved to win,” Illechukwu said.
Ngozi Elechi revealed that he was under no pressure because of the three match ultimatum handed down to him but was rather worried that the club president was not getting desired results from the team after spending so much money.
“My heart is still hundred percent with the club. I needed to concentrate and do my job.
“We are planning to to go to Nnewi to get a result. We have always been prepared for this ultimatum and can only thank the owner for the opportunity given to me,” Elechi said.
“I brought the club from amateur league to the NPFL and can never forget that,” Elechi said.