Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu says the away draw MFM Football Club of Lagos recorded in Bamako Mali on Sunday in the CAF Champions League will prove their critics wrong. MFM FC secured a hard-fought 1-1 draw with AS Real Bamako at the Stade Modibo Keita Stadium in Bamako.
Mohammed Camara’s 17th minute headed goal in the first leg tie of their preliminary round fixture drew the home side level. MFM FC had drawn the first blood through Akinyemi Nojeem’s lovely strike, off a pass from Okorom Stanley.
However, Ilechukwu said that their performance in the match proved those who doubted them wrong in their assessment of the possibility of getting an away point.
He said: “It was a great match for my team and it is also important to us because a draw in this competition is something to cherish.
“Nobody gave us a chance to get a descent result in Bamako Mali, because we were being measured by our standard in the ongoing local league, where we are yet to pick an away point.
“However, our strategy against AS Bamako was to secure an away win or draw so as to make the second leg at the soccer Temple in a fourth night.
“In that match, to me the only thing we could do was to defend our goal.
“We had to defend well since it was impossible to score against them and I thank God for the boys who did their best. But, coming home, we will want to finish it off.’