One of Nigeria’s representative on the continent, MFM FC of Lagos edge MC Algers of Algeria, 2-1 in a tense CAF Champions League first round match played at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium on Wednesday.
It took a wonder goal from Basiru Monsuruin the 84th min to settle the nerves at the Agege Stadium after Amaachi had equlised MFM FC lead which was gotten through Chijioke Akuneto from the spot in the first half
MFM FC dominated the first 15 minutes of the game and came close to scoring on several occasions but the MC Algers defenders were resolute with their defending as Monsuru attempted a lob five minutes into the entertaining encounter went inches wide.
Two minutes later Akuneto received a beautiful pass from Onuwa Chukwuka and turned his marker with a nice footwork before releasing a shot which was saved by MC Alger’s goalkeeper Chaal Farid.
The Olukoya Boys were presented with another chance to open the scoring in the 30th minute of the exchange but Farid parried Nojeem Akinyemi’s long shot to safety.
MFM FC broke the deadlock in the 34th minute. Akuneto calmly put the Lagos-based team in front from the spot sending the impressive Chaal the wrong way after he was brought down inside box.
The visitors were denied a chance of putting the scores on level terms before the break following a smart save from MFM’s Egbe Ospino.
17yr old forward, Lawal Abayomi who was exciting to watch all game was set up by Akuneto with a brilliant pass but the wonderkid’s goal-bound attempt was saved by the MC Alger goalkeeper.
The 55th minute of the game saw MC Alger scoring a goal as Abdulaziz Ammachi put the ball beyond an onrushing MFM FC goalkeeper.
After the equaliser, MFM FC took absolute control of the game but they were unable to crack the visitors defence open.
With seven minutes to wrap up the encounter, Bashiru surfaced from the middle of the park with an unexpected screamer to give his team a hard-earned victory over MC Alger.
The second leg of the preliminary game comes up in a forthright