- Published on Sunday, 05 March 2017 22:51
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By Alfred Okoligwe
Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) leading marksman Stephen Odey Of MFM FC continued his fine goalscoring form this season with a first half penalty that gave the Lagos side maximum points against hard fighting Remo Stars on Matchday 12.
The Southwest derby produced all the fireworks expected of a rivalry but Remo were unlucky not to put the ball behind goalkeeper Ospino Egbe. The game started with both teams struggling to create chances. The pair of Sikiru Olatunbosun and Stephen Odey found the defence of the visitors too organized to penetrate. All that changed in 18th minute when Odey's run into the box was rewarded. Goalkeeper Walbe David fouled the striker for a penalty.
Stephen Odey picked himself up to calmly convert the penalty for the morale boosting win.
"I am very happy to score my seventh goal of the season. When the season started my target was double digits and I am just three goals shy of that. I hope to continue doing my best and help my team. You never know where we will get to," Odey told npfl.ng shortly after the match.
The loss of captain Victor Mbaoma late in the first half due to injury made the task of coming back by the visitors the more difficult and fans were denied the opportunity of seeing the battle of the league top scorers.
MFM coach Fidelis Ilechukwu said the game was made very difficult by the fact that both teams are used to each other.
"We are really delighted with the win. The most important thing is the three points at stake and the boys really gave a good account of themselves. Don't forget that this is a derby and sometimes chances are hard to come by," remarked Ilechukwu.
On his part, Remo Stars coach Fatai Osho believes that conceding early in the game cost them the match. "We came with a game plan because we wanted to get a result here. But, that penalty conceded early made if difficult for the boys to recover. We congratulate the home team for the victory and we hope for a better result when we play FC Ifeanyiubah in a rescheduled game in Nnewi this midweek," he said.
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