Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC claimed a vital 1-0 win over struggling Gombe United in Matchday 35 clash of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) played at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium courtesy of a header from Monsuru Bashiru.
MFM FC began the lively contest with determination and precision as they go forward searching for an early goal with sporadic counter-attacking displays but the away team were resolute with their defending and kept the likes of Adebayo Waheed, Abara Ifeanyi and Akuneto Chijioke silent for the first 10 minutes of the match.
Adebayo Waheed and Akuneto Chijioke won two free kicks for the hosts under four minutes. Stanley Okorom took the first in the 11th minute and Gombe United goalkeeper Danjuma Hussaini denied him a scoring opportunity pulling off a fine save while Akuneto’s 14th minute fierce shot from the second free kick went inches wide.
The hosts scored the only goal of the game in the 21st minute of the match through Monsuru Bashir’s great header off a well delivered cross from creative midfielder Onuwa Chukwuka. The first half ended with the Lagos-based team maintaining a one-goal lead.
Gombe United came out stronger and more determined in the second half and got couple of chances but they failed to make their attempts on goal count.
MFM FC made the first substitution of the match in the 61st minute and Akinyemi Nojeem was introduced for Akuneto Chijioke. The substitute added bite to the attack when he tested Danjuma Hussaini of Gombe United few minutes after his introduction.
Onuwa Chukwuka and Abara Ifeanyi were substituted with Adekunle Adegboyega and Atu Irumekhai Paul. The substitutes justified their inclusion with brilliant displays. The contest ended in a 1-0 triumph for the Olukoya Boys.
With the three points in their kitty, MFM FC still maintain the second position on the Nigerian top league table with 59 points from 35 NPFL matches.