By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Mountain of Fire and Miracles FC coach Fidelis Ilechukwu is in confident mood ahead of his team’s week 21 away game in the Nigeria Professional Football league against Niger Tornadoes on Sunday and insists his team will strive to get a decent result in Minna without Stephen Odey and Sikiru Olatunbosun, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The MFM players along with Akwa United’s Alhassan Ibrahim and FC Ifeanyiubah keeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa made the Super Eagles’ list for the friendly matches against Corsica and Togo.
“Stephen Odey and Sikiru Olatunbosun are very important players to the team no doubt. Everybody sees what they bring to this team but at the same time we will do our best without them,” Ilechukwu told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“The boys are honouring a national call and I believe that their experience with the players from Europe will be worthwhile.
“Niger Tornadoes will not be easy I know but we want to give them a difficult time right in their own backyard. There are no promises to our fans but personally a win away from home will be great.”
MFM are second in the NPFL table with 34 points from 20 games while Tornadoes are in eighth place with 30 points after 20 league matches.
MFM will also play against FC IfeanyiUbah (home, June 4), Lobi Stars (away, June 7) while Odey, NPFL top scorer with 14 goals, and Olatunbosun are away on national duty.
The home game against Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan on June 11, a day after the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifer against South Africa, may come a bit early for Odey and Olatunbosun if they make the cut for the crucial game.