It is no longer news that players and officials of Lagos-based Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club (MFM FC) were involved in a road accident on Sunday afternoon.
The minor road mishap occurred along Akungba road, Ondo state at around 4:05pm as the Olukoya Boys were returning from Jos. This was after their Matchday 5 encounter against current NPFL champions, Plateau United which ended in a 1-0 triumph for the Jos-based team.
ACLSports spoke to the driver, Mike who was on the steering when the unfortunate incident happened as he recounts his experience in Yoruba.
“The road has two lanes so we were trying to climb up the road from one end but unknowing to us, one of the trailers also climbing up the road from the other end had overtaken the one in front of him so the trailer faced us. By the time I climbed up the road and saw the trailer, I tried to apply the break but it wasn’t responding. With the trailer coming close I had only one option which was to swerve into the bush. That I did, and the bus didn’t stop until it travelled about 2km in the bush,” Mike narrated.
In a media report released by the club, Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu thanked God for his protection and confirmed that he is in good health contrary to rumours that he was in coma.
“I thank God for what he has done for us, no life was lost, the players are in good condition and I am in good condition as well.
“I am surprised that they said I am in coma, I am not. I am very okay right now,” he said.
The Coach immediately then turned his attention to the game on Wednesday saying: “Our focus is now on our game against Wikki Tourists. It is very important for us because we lost against Plateau United, so now we have to shift our focus to that game because the three points is very important to MFM Football Club.”
Since their return to Lagos, the team has been in good spirits and have not been affected by the accident as they trained well on Tuesday morning ahead of Wednesday’s game at the Agege Soccer Temple.