1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, has assured CAF Confederations Cup campaigners, MFM FC and NPFL champions Plateau United, that the ground will be fertile for both sides when they do battle this weekend at the Agege Stadium, AOIFootball.com reports.
MFM bowed out from the Champions League following their 7-2 aggregate loss to MC Algers while Plateau United missed out from the group stage of the competition, following their 4-3 aggregate loss to Tunisian giants Etoile Du Sahel.
This time, however, the NFF chieftain is optimistic both teams will sail through to the money-spinning stage and will enjoy all the support and goodwill from Lagos.
The Odukoya Boys have won their last two Continental ties at the Agege Stadium and it is on this premise that the CAF Youth Committee member shares this sentiment.
“I am very optimistic MFM and Plateau United will record important wins in Lagos. Agege will be a positive ground for them and we will give them all the necessary support to be victorious in the first leg games,” the Lagos FA Chairman said.
Speaking further, Akinwunmi who is also a member of the CAF Youth Committee, advised that the Nigerian teams participating in the Confederations Cup must take the games as a final, and ensure they do the nation proud by qualifying for the group stage of the tournament.
“It will not be a bad thing if all four clubs qualify for the group stage. I advise they take these matches as finals and I am optimistic they will do well,” he concluded.
Plateau United do battle against USM Algiers on Saturday, while MFM trades tackles with Real Bamako on Sunday at the Agege Stadium.
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