Ikorodu United 0 MFM FC 0 Analysis: Five Things We Learnt From Onikan Stadium
Sunday March 6, 2016 was not anticipated to be like any other regular day. Unlike previous Saturday which saw an early morning downpour of rain; this Sunday was not to be so: the weather was clement. And the day remained as such.
For the first time in 18 years, football fans and residents of Lagos state will witness a derby. And they sure did.
FC Ikorodu United played host to Mainland rivals MFM FC. This was to be the first Lagos derby registered in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). Here are five things we learnt from the match.
1. Football fans are very interested in club football in Lagos state. Although, Onikan stadium was not filled to capacity, the attendance can best be described as APPRECIABLE. By eye estimate, appreciable implies as many as 2,000 fans watched the game live at the stadium. The figure is unofficial. Regardless, the noise, screams, jeers, cheers, and boisterous excitement, is indicative fans want club football in Lagos and rightfully, they deserve it.
2. Monsuru Bashiru Olawale recorded a first red card for MFM FC. Monsuru’s time-wasting gimmick seconds before halftime, saw him receive a second yellow card translating in a red. The defender had previously been booked for a tackle early on in the first half; Monsuru's red card is also MFM FC’s first of the season.
3. Ticket price disparity. The gap in price of tickets for the two existing stands at Onikan stadium was evidently wide. While tickets for the popular stand were sold for ₦100, VIP tickets were sold for ₦2,000. There is no mid-point price for tickets in the range of 200 – 500 Naira. What may have influenced the decision of the management of FC Ikorodu United to set prices at this rate is not known
4. MFM are in for serious business. Sitting third on the league table, the ‘Prayer Warrior’ club are not sparing games. After 5 games, MFM FC are on 10 points with league leaders Enugu Rangers and second place Kano Pillars. Earning a point in the Lagos derby, we will see where MFM FC will be after 10 games into the season. For now, they can enjoy bragging rights.
5. Believe it or not, food and drinks are a significant part of any sporting event. Same is applicable for football and in this case, club football. Fans patronized food vendors who sold either cooked meals or snacks adding soda drinks or water in the mix. As it stands, this trait will remain a part of the football league season until the end.
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