Stephen Odey’s 24th minute strike earned Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club a point against seven-time Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enyimba International FC in a Matchday 13 fixture played at the UJ Esuene Stadium on Saturday evening in Calabar.
The host began the fascinating encounter with the first kick of the ball as Ikechukwu Ibenegbu tried a long shot from the center circle, but his effort went inches wide. MFM FC were denied a chance to score a goal in the 55th second of the first minute when a last ditch tackle on Olatunbosun Sikiru ended the opportunity.
Both teams won a free kick in the 5th and 7th minute. While MFM FC’s right back, Stanley Okorom, saw his audacious free kick hit the hosts wall, the Aba giants failed to make good use of their own kick.
The lively contest continued with a good passage of play from Fidelis Ilechukwu’s men.
In the 22nd minute NPFL top scorer for the ongoing season, Odey failed to steer his header pass Enyimba goalkeeper, Fatau Dauda after connecting with a Olatunbosun pass.
Two minutes after his first attempt on goal, the goal poacher put his team in front with a sublime volley inside the 18 yard box off an assist from creative midfielder, Onuwa Chukwuka, who was absolutely exceptional in the game.
Gbenga Ogunbote’s men tried all they could to draw level in the first half of the exchange but MFM FC’s goalkeeper, Ospino Egbe, pulled a series of interesting saves to deny the home side any goal scoring opportunity.
The Aba Elephant came out strong in the second 45 minutes forcing the Lagos-based team to defensive play as they piled pressure on Ilechukwu’s lads who were resolute with their defending.
The hosts continued with their game plan and it paid off in the 85th minute when Ibrahim’s overhead kick beat Ospino, in goal for MFM, who has been magnificent in between the sticks for the visitors. The match end in one all draw, as the Olukoya Boys claimed their fifth away points of the season.
MFM FC moved from 5th to 4th on the NPFL log with 20 points from 11 league matches. The team will be on the road again this midweek to honor week 9 rescheduled match against Wikki Tourists.