By Adeboye Amosu:
MFM FC head coach Fidelis Ilechukwu has backed his team to have a good outing in the CAF Champions League despite having to face tough opponents in the preliminary and first rounds, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The Olukoya Boys who finished second in the Nigeria Professional Football League last season will compete in the competition for the first time.
The Lagos club will come up against Malian side Real Bamako in their first ever game in the CAF Champions League and should they scale through that hurdle, then they could face Algerian club MC Alger in the first round should the North Africans beat AC Atoho of Congo in their preliminary round fixture.
However, despite the enormity of the task before his team, the young coach is refusing to lose sleep and is confident they will go far in the competition.
“You don’t play football on the pages of newspapers. Nobody gave us the chance to do what we did in the league last season and we will carry that same spirit into the Champions League,” Ilechukwu told Completesportsnigeria.com here in Kano where MFM are participating in the NPFL Invitational along with five other teams.
“Our opponents are more experienced than us having played on the continent for a number of years, but we are not concerned about that.
“What is important is also having the determination to play and beat them. We have quality too and I see no reason why we should be afraid of them.”
MFM FC will travel to Bamako to face their opponents on February 9 and host the return fixture on February 18.