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STATReport: Is it a Cinderella story in the making for MFM FC?

By Telema Davies

2016-03-07 14:43:35.

It's still early days to draw comparison to England’s “Cinderella story” surrounding Leicester City, but fans will rather have their way as many cuddle in delight to performance of MFM Football Club.

After 5 game days, the club is third on the log in the Nigeria Professional Football League alongside old horses of the league: Enugu Rangers, Kano Pillars and Lobi Stars.

For a club just in its first season, MFM is showing desire and a basic ambition to secure survival. And such an ambition helps to maintain nerves among players and officials of the club vis-à-vis other league objectives.

How have MFM FC fared in 5 games since Matchday 1 in the NPFL? Here’s a stat look at the performance of the “Prayer Warriors” as well as how it compares to another Lagos based club, Ikorodu United FC provided by STATR an interactive content and performance data tool.

Firstly…

How did 10-points earn MFM a third spot on the log? Simple.

In 5 games played, MFM FC have won three games, lost one and drawn one being the stalemate in the Lagos derby against Ikorodu United.

In goal terms…

They haven’t scored that many number of goals (6) but admittedly, they’ve done enough to occupy top three in the log. A sharpness in the arrow line of attack will serve to guarantee that MFM grows in confidence to go all out in their ambition to retain their place in the elite league.

They have conceded the exact number of goals as they have scored (6) which suggests the need for a tighter backline as the campaign heats up. That, however, counts for their goal differentials in comparison to their competition from the log perspective.

Secondly…

Goal differentials are clearly a determinant of league positions when the line between points are fuzzy. Currently, all top three clubs share the same number of points after 5 games played, but goal difference is what divides any appearance of similarities among the three teams.

Perhaps, come end of the season, goal differentials might well prove to be the difference at who wins the NPFL title and who survives the drop.

How MFM’s performance compares to Ikorodu United in the elite league after Game 5.
Ikorodu United are yet to settle into the grind of competition despite having a game in hand (v Akwa United) when compared to their Lagos rivals, MFM FC (discussed earlier).

The Ikorodu based team have just a win from 4 games played scoring a meagre 2 goals in all. They have drawn two games and lost one while conceding 2 goals. Not much of a difference one will say of an ambition to survive in the league in the event of a drop if 5 games played were enough to conclude the campaign.
So where do they stand?

For a debut season in the NPFL and with 4 games on their heels, there should be no shaking of heads for a 12th place in the league standing. Perhaps a perspective on the position and a bit of performance data of defending champions Enyimba should suffice.

The People’s Elephants made an uncomfortable drop to 17 on the log after suffering an away defeat to El-Kanemi Warriors who made the rise to 18 (right behind Enyimba). Paul Aigbogun’s side currently experience the ugly side to life in the league. The pressure definitely isn’t on Ikorodu United, at the moment, to take an unlikely ambition to win the title. No such talks.

While the season wears on offering a broader view and clarity into the ambitions and objectives of each club, it will be foolhardy to call the Lagos clubs to task on goals other than survival. The need to stay on in the league offer greater rewards in the short- to mid-term. We may have a few surprises from either clubs, but it’s best to temper expectations with reality.

At the very least, good elitist football is taking root at the centre of excellence once and again.



 

 

 

 

 

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