Lagos-based MFM Technical Adviser, Fidelis Ilechukwu, on Monday said that his team got what they did not bargain for in their scandalous 0-4 defeat to Nasarawa United in Lafia on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that MFM were whitewashed by Nasarawa United in the Match Day 17 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
It was, however, the turn of Nasarawa United to take their pound of flesh on MFM from whom they suffered two defeats during their last encounter in the 2015/2016 NPFL.
Olayinka Onaolapo’s cross was nodded in by Adamu Hassan in the 45th minutes to give Nasarawa United the first goal which ended the half by a lone goal.
MFM conceded another in the 61st minute when Olayinka Onaolapo slotted home, while Anthony Oussou made it three and Bashir Abdulrahman added to the goal feast in the 86th minutes to complete the routing.
However, MFM had defeated Nasarawa United in the opening game of the 2015/2016 season by 2-1 in Lafia after which they defeated them in the return fixture in Agege by same margin in the Match Day 21 fixture.
On the poor performance by his youthful team, Ilechukwu said that the result was what he had no idea of how it came about.
“I am sincerely short of words for the game; the game didn’t go as planned. What happened was not our intention.
“I have watched some games before and I can say that we did not plan to lose with such margin. I don’t have any words for the loss.
“Maybe the players are tired or we had a bad day, the players know better. We were outplayed by all standards.
“Maybe next time we will try better and not lose focus,’’ he said.
Nasarawa United coach, Kabiru Dogo said he was happy to have avenged MFM’s double header defeat last season.
“They have the upper hand against us last season. We didn’t want to lose again this season. We put in everything to avoid what happened last season.
“We know MFM plays very well in the first half and fade out in the second half, so we tried to stop them from playing in the first half.
“As soon as the first half was over, I knew we had done it,’’ he said.
“We started slowly this season. Now the team is jelling at the right time. I am happy with the boys’ performance. Every coach will be proud of these boys,’’ he said.