'They came out smoking' - MFM's Zikiye lauds Wikki Tourists' performance

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Although the Bauchi outfit were undone by Odey's 17th league goal of the season, the left-back lauded them for their spirited showing in Lagos

Jonathan Zikiye has praised the performance of Wikki Tourists despite losing to MFM in Sunday's Nigerian topflight encounter at the Agege Stadium.

The Olukoya Boys closed the gap at the top of the table to two points after a first half Stephen Odey goal was enough to see them 1-0 victors over the Bauchi Elephants.

But their display was hailed by the former Kano Pillars defender who admits to being put under pressure throughout the encounter.

"I think they played very well. They came out smoking," Zikiye told Goal.

"They came out to win because they are trying to come out of their position in the league. So it reflecting in their game that they are here to win but we thank God that we were able to put our hearts together and get the winning goal.

"It wasn't a bad game and you know in every game like this we are playing a team battling relegation, so as a result of that they came out to play very well.

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"But all the same we were able to hold our own and at the end of the day, it is the three points that matter.

"[The condition in which the game was played] was not too good, you know there was a rainfall and the pitch was slippery and it created pressure but I was still able to contain the pressure.

"That’s the most important thing. No matter the pressure you are facing you should be able to still hold your own and see how you can overcome the pressure. And I think I did that," he concluded.

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