MFM honours players, officials

mfm logoThe Mountain of Fire and Miracles on Thursday in Lagos honoured players and officials of MFM FC and other members of the church, who played major roles in the club’s promotion to the Premier League.

MFM FC and fellow promoted side Ikorodu United, are the first Lagos clubs to play in the Premier League in 22 years.

The General Overseer of the church, Dr. D.K. Olukoya, who formed the club in 2007, was honoured with the Pillar of Youth Award on the occasion.

Other recipients are the Lagos State FA, who bagged the Most Innovative FA in Nigeria Award, coach Nduka Ugbade (Selfless Service Award), Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Most Valuable Player), ministers of the church, players, coaches and the club’s supporters.

The Nigeria Football Federation Vice-President, Seyi Akinwunmi, who also doubles as Chairman of the Lagos State FA, expressed delight at the club’s promotion, saying he was happy Lagos would be playing in the NPFL under his tenure.

“It’s been a dream to be part of this anointing. Lagos hasn’t had a team in the Premier League since 1993. Someone told me that in my time, we will get back to the NPFL and we have two. People offered us money to pay referees but we turned them down because things must be done the right way,” Akinwunmi said.

Gbesan Adebambo, who represented Olukoya at the event, said having gained promotion to the Premier League, the club would focus on a shot at continental glory.

“Our teams haven’t been doing well in continental competitions in recent times, but we will change that trend. This team will bring continental glory back to Nigeria,” he said.

Ex-internationals Joe Erico, Henry Nwosu, Peter Rufai and Victor Agali graced the event.

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