Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association (Ekofootball) and 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Seyi Akinwunmi, has expressed satisfaction with the performance of Lagos City club, MFM FC, in the Nigeria Professional Football League, indicating plans to mobilise both the support of the government and the people of Lagos to ensure a successful outing for the club when they open their CAF Champions League campaign.
MFM FC, one of the youngest clubs in the NPFL out-performed several old war horses to emerge first runner up even with yet a game to go to end the season, a feat which assuredly has earned them a place to play in the prestigious continental CAF Champions League.
The development brings back, in full circle, the golden era of football in the city after the eras of Stationery Stores, ACB, Julius Berger and Union Bank FCs.
“I am overjoyed and enjoying the moment. Its another landmark event for Ekofootball, “Akinwunmi told Sportstalkafrica.com in an exclusive chat.
Indicating that there is need to build a formidable support architecture to ensure the success of the club in the continent, Akinwunmi revealed that several conversations will be initiated with top stakeholders of the club and Lagos football to bring all parties to same page even while calling on the Lagos corporate community and football fans to rally around the club.
“Our feet remain firmly on the ground. We will need to see the General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, (owners of the club), and will need to seek support from the Lagos State Government to upgrade the Agege Stadium to CAF Standard and also for structural support to the team’s campaign flying Lagos State Flag for the first time after a couple of decades.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State sports authority has commended the club for their effort, an indication that it is pleased with the development and ready to provide institutional support for its successful campaign.
“CONGRATULATIONS @MFMFC_Lagos on your CAF Champions League qualification & above all for bringing Continental football back to Lagos!”, the Lagos State Sports Commission tweeted on its Twitter handle.