MFM FC of Lagos coach Fidelis Ilechukwu has played down talks of him quitting his position at the NPFL club.
Ilechukwu had caused a stir before the last day of the NPFL this season when he declared that his team would win at El-Kanemi in order to have hope of toppling eventual champions Plateau United who also needed to win against Rangers to be crowned winners.
The MFM coach took time to explain that his comment before the game was only meant to inspire his team to play for a win against El-Kanemi.
“Resigning? What for?” Ilechukwu said rhetorically.
“I realised that the best way to bring out the best in them (my players) is to make a strong statement and that prompted my comment ‘if I don’t win the game against El-Kanemi I am going to resign.’ It was meant to bring out the best in them because at that point in time I still believed that MFM had the chance to win the league. At the end it did not work the way I wanted it to, but we did well and controlled the game though we lost 2-1.”
Ilechukwu will lead MFM into next year’s CAF Champions League – their first-ever appearance in an African club competition.