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MFM, Ikorodu Utd Lighten Up Lagos In Derby

Action from Ikorodu United versus MFM at Onikan at the first stanza. The match ended 0-0
Posted: Jul 2, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu
Lagos – It will be a massive match at the Agege Township Stadium, as Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) Football Club host city rivals, Ikorodu United in a derby.
The two Lagos State-based sides were promoted to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the end of the last season. But the two sides are enjoying mixed fortunes with Ikorodu United battling to avoid the drop while MFM are at the middle of the table, on the 12th spot with 30 points from 22 matches.
Ikorodu United are rooted at the bottom of the table with a mere 15 points from 21 matches. But the Onikan Stadium landlords have made good their intention to survive the drop by hiring experienced and highly-traveled Dutch tactician, Theo De Jong, to rescue the club after parting ways with Sam Okpodu.
The club also engaged former Super Eagles goalkeeper and goalkeeper trainer, Iko Shoroumu, to help in that department.
The Oga Boys equally appointed former Nigerian international and Giwa FC coach, Shakiru Giwa, to assist De Jong.
The three men are expected to be on the touchline on Sunday at the Agege Stadium and the match will be a huge test on their resolve to deliver on their mandate, which is to ensure that Ikorodu United will not be relegated at the end of the season.
United will draw strength from the poor form of their hosts, which has seen them lose three of their last five matches, with a 0-1 home loss against Shooting Stars on June 19, being a very sore point to their campaign at the second stanza of the league.
MFM won last on June 8 when they defeated visiting Nasarawa United 2-0 at Agege. However, Ikorodu do not fair better as they recorded their only win in the last five matches on May 18 following a 1-0 home victory against Warri Wolves.
In the reverse fixture on March 6, MFM forced United to a goalless draw and will hope to take it a step further according to Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu.
“We have lost a lot of grounds and our fans are not happy about that. I know Ikorodu United match won’t be easy but we are not aiming for draw, as we played in the first leg. We hope to win,” he said