“They Let Me Down,” MFM Interim Coach Blames Forwards For Draw Against Heartland
Coach Edmund (second from left) and the MFM technical crew
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“They Let Me Down,” MFM Interim Coach Blames Forwards For Draw Against Heartland

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The Lagos-based side failed to breach a resolute Heartland defence on Sunday at their home turf in Agege as they were held to a barren draw.

MFM interim head coach, Oludimu Edmund, blamed his forwards for the team's inability to get all the three points against their visitors in their NPFL match week 21 fixture.

The Church boys, who were coming off a defeat to Kano Pillars seven days prior, were hoping to get a victory against their former coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu, who was returning to Lagos for the first time since leaving at the end of last season.

Although they had chances to break the deadlock, especially in the second half, they were denied by both Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, and the woodwork.

The stalemate was the sixth time the Olukoya Boys have dropped points at home in 11 games this season and that seemed to frustrate Edmund who bemoaned his team's poor finishing after the game.

"We had a couple of chances which we threw away. I'm not actually impressed [by that]," he told the media in his post-match interview.

"The defence did their best, same as the midfielders except one but the attackers let me down. We had the chances but couldn't convert."

Asked if he was going to make changes in his side's next game, the coach refused to give out any team news ahead of the game.

"I cannot tell you specifically now whether we are going to make changes. Our preparation during the week will determine if I'll make changes," he declared.

Edmund has overseen three games since Tony Bolus stepped aside, winning his first game 3-1 against Pillars at the Soccer Temple before suffering a narrow defeat to the same side in his second.

The coach was asked if he had seen improvement on the part of the players since stepping in, to which he answered: "You know I just came in and it's very difficult to turn things around especially in this part of the world.”

MFM's next game is against, 'Anambra Warriors', FC Ifeanyi Ubah in Nnewi and the former reserves coach is aiming for an away point against the team which they are above only on goal difference.

"If I can get a draw there I’ll be happy with that but we still have to raise our game, we have to.

MFM is 11th on the Nigerian Professional Football League table with 27 points after 21 games so far this season, 9 points of the top three places which guarantee continental football.

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