By: Abdulquadir Adedapo
Mahanaim FC coach, Saheed Jimoh has urged his players to be more ruthless in front of goal despite their 3-0 win over NYSC FC, to advance to the semifinals of the FCT Aiteo Cup.
The Abuja-based non-league side have brushed aside every league club that has come their way so far in the Federations Cup qualifiers.
Tuesday’s clash saw them square up against a good side like NYSC FC, with coach Jimoh aka Seedorf sticking with his preferred starting XI for the third game in a role as deadly striker Aliyu Baba lead the line hoping to add to his four goals tally in the competition.
Following a couple of missed chances, Mahanaim took the lead through midfielder Adeleke Ismail before left winger Friday Samson made it 2-0 going into the halftime break.
The second half was a direct replica of the first and Mahanaim should have added more to their tally but wastefulness in front of goal was their biggest undoing before striker Aidan Sunday ensured the result was safe with a strike to seal a 3-0 win.
Speaking after the encounter a rather disappointed Coach Seedorf said he must return to the the drawing board quickly to ensure his players are more ruthless and clinical in front of goal.
“It was never an easy match. Like every other game, it was never easy but we take them one match a time,” he started.
“One thing is the fact that my boys played according to instructions and that made the game look easy. NYSC FC is a solid team and our winning them evokes a great feeling of joy.
“The match could have ended in a higher goal, 6 or 7 but the boys were not clinical enough. Their inability to covert their opportunities into results is one of the lapses we noted in the match and we will work on them in our next game.
“From the beginning, our target has remained the same, to win the cup. It has not changed and it will not change,” coach Jomoh concluded.
Their latest win further shows the club’s ambition and aim as they hope to represent FCT in the Federation cup and further showcase their high level of football perfection to the rest of the country.