Lagos-based MFM FC have suffered a 1-0 defeat in the hands of visiting Djoliba FC of Mali in the elimination match of the CAF Confederation Cup at the Agege Township Stadium.
MFM tasted the first home defeat this season and also became the first to lose at home to the visitors.
Until the match, Djoliba FC had never beaten a Nigerian team at home according to records.
MFM paid for their lacklustre as they bowed to the more determined Djoliba FC after they fielded what could be described as the second team in a continental championship.
Speaking after the match, MFM Coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu described the game as sad news.
“The Malians are better, but it is not yet over. Speaking the truth, it is a very difficult situation right now. Sad news, bad result, but at the same time it is football.
“Every coach is always positive, but in football, we must say the truth, the truth is that with this condition, the Malians have the advantage.
“We don’t underrate any team even if it is grassroots team. So what we showcased today is what we have; we cannot use what we don’t have.
“Before the CAF Champions League, I said a lot about signing players. This is our structure, this is what we have, maybe fatigue played a role too,’’ he said.
Ilechukwu said the absence of his regulars also affected the team’s structure and patterns.
“The absence of Sikiru Olatunbosun, Waheed Akanni and Akeem created a lot of problem for us and it is always giving me concerns.
“If we have Olatunbosun, Akeem and Waheed, we won’t have this type of problem, but I have talked to the management.
“We are sorry for what happened today, very painful and it is hard on us,’’ he said.Please subscribe to our newsletter