MFM FC face Djoliba AC of Mali in the return fixture of their CAF Confederations Cup qualifiers game on Wednesday, as they hope to salvage their participation in continental football this season.
The Malian team dealt the Olukoya boys a huge blow last time out at the Agege Stadium defeating them 1-0 in what happened to be MFM’s first home loss in all competitions.
Knowing that only a win will take the Olukoya boys through on Wednesday evening, when asked about his approach to the game, head coach of the team, Fidelis Ilechukwu said: “We will approach the game just like every other game, but we must come to look for the goals.”
“We will do our best and our fans must keep on praying for us,” he added.
The last time MFM were in Mali, they held the home home team, Real Bamako to a 1-1 draw and then returned to Agege to finish the job. Though the circumstances are quite different this time around, Ilechukwu thinks the result could boost the team’s morale going into this encounter.
“It is a big motivation for us and we understand that winning is possible,” he said. “All is well. Though the weather is very hot, but it is better because we are used to it; we just need to drink more water,” he added.
Finally, Ilechukwu pleaded with the fans back in Nigeria to support the team with their prayers as they go into this all important clash in Mali.
Djoliba AC play MFM FC at Stade Modiba Keita Stadium by 6pm Nigerian time this evening with the hope of keeping their continental campaign alive as only a win would see MFM FC qualify for the group stages of the CAF CC.