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NPFL: It’s Possible For US To Win The League - MFM FC Coach, Tony Bolus

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

MFM FC Coach, Tony Bolus, is optimistic about the chances of his team winning the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) title this season.

The Olukoya Boys are one of the contenders for the 2019/2020 NPFL trophy and have started the season on a positive note.

Bolus' side garnered four points from their opening two games of the season and are placed fourth on the log at the moment.

After getting an away win in the opening week against Heartland in Owerri, the Lagos-based side was expected to nick victory in their home game against FC Ifeanyi Ubah but they had to settle for a draw after their visitors stung them early in the game.

But despite the disappointment of dropping points at home, the head coach of the team who replaced former long-serving manager, Fidelis Ilechukwu, in August is still upbeat about their chances at Nigeria's top-flight this season.

"It's still possible for us to win the league or maybe a continental (ticket). Anything is possible," the gaffer, who was quite pleased with his team’s efforts, told the media.

Many things have been said about the level of officiating in the NPFL, but so far, Bolus has no qualms with the officials and hopes it continues that way.

"That shows there's development in the league. The officiating is okay. If the officiating continues this way, you can go to anywhere and get your points and if you lose at home, no problem,” Bolus said.

Uche Okagbue was the opposing manager in the Ifeanyi Ubah dugout, and like Bolus, he is hoping to get one of the continental tickets.

The Anambra Warriors are directly above MFM on the table and their manager attributed that high placement of his team to the hard work they put into their game.

"We are in the league for a purpose. We follow the matches the way it comes. But we also know that every coach and team in the league wants to be champion," he told reporters when asked of his ambitions for the season.

"We are working on getting one of the continental tickets in this country and by the special grace of God, we will get there."

The Nnewi-based club had some key players depart at the end of last season, including former captain Chijioke Alaekwe, but it seems to have moved on just fine.

Coach Okagbue credits the club’s recruitment system for always bringing in young players who are motivated to play.