Enugu Rangers were lucky against MFM - Julius Emiloju

The Olukoya Boys earned their first away point of the season in Enugu and the defender feels his team were unlucky not to win

Julius Emiloju has praised his MFM's performance after their 0-0 draw against Enugu Rangers and he claimed that the hosts were fortunate to gain a point.

After their 1-1 home draw with Rivers United, Fidelis Ilechukwu's men were poised to end their woeful away form against the Flying Antelopes at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.

Gbenga Ogunbote's side were eager to build on their 0-0 draw at FC Ifeanyi Ubah in the rescheduled encounter but were forced to a drab stalemate by the ambitious Olukoya Boys.

After the draw, the defender felt his side's hopes for victory were dashed by centre referee Mohammed Gata's decision to controversially rule Sikiru Olatunbosun's first-half strike for an offside.

He, however, lauded his teammates' impressive display and believes the draw will inspire them to a better outing in their next encounter against third-placed Niger Tornadoes.

"We are very happy with the point we got but a win would have been more fitting for us," Emiloju told Goal.

"Honestly, we came to the match with great determination to defeat them [Enugu Rangers] after our home draw with Rivers United. I must say, if the goal we scored but was cancelled for offside had stood, we could have won the match.

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"We gave a good account of ourselves. Our concentration level and discipline were good and we created a lot of chances. It was clearly a fine goal we scored but the centre referee [Mohammed Gata] got the final say.

"They [Rangers]were really lucky to get a draw. At this moment, there is no need crying over a spilled milk because of the disallowed goal. I think getting a draw was not a bad result and will definitely boost our confidence going to the next match."

With the draw, MFM FC are now 10th with 24 points from 16 games and would trip to Minna to battle the high-flying Ikon Allah Boys in their next tie on Sunday.