14th December, 2010
The Mountain of Fire and Miracles, MFM, Headquarters weekend lost 1-2 to MFM IkejaÂ when both teams clashed in the final ofÂ the 4th Dr. Olukoya African FootballÂ Championship played at the Yabatech SportsÂ Complex, Yaba, Lagos State, Nigeria.
The pulsating match lived up to expectations as the teams gave good accounts ofÂ themselves.
MFM Ikejaâ€™s Aplate Enahoro drew the first blood in the 52th minute to silent theÂ supporters of their opponentsÂ from the Headquarters .
Effort by the defending champions to equalise was fruitless as Ehis Omobuede of theÂ Ikeja team netted the second goal to further compound the woes of the Headquarters.
The Headquarters team got their only goal of the match in the 85th minute viaÂ Ifeanyi George.
Coach of the losing team, Fidelis Inechukwu, said the game was keenly contested, butÂ confessed that his team lost to a better side.
â€œWe lost the match because some of my key players were absent. We had a good supportÂ from the Headquarters, but it was unfortunate that our team did not retain the cupÂ we won last year,â€ he said.
Ikeja Coach, Nduka Ugbade, was excited over the victory, saying that his teamÂ deserved to win the game.
Ugbade, who captained the Golden Eaglets that won the FIFA Junior World Cup in 1985,Â told P.M. Sports that his team won the game because the players played toÂ instructions.
In his closing remarks, General Overseer of MFM, Dr Olukoya, said the two finalistsÂ would be sponsored to Dubai on a training tour.
Olukoya, who prayed for the teams as well as the spectators, was impressed that thisÂ yearâ€™s edition ended successfully.