Oshobe defends MFM's fringe players

With blames directed at Fidelis Ilechukwu's insistence on rotating his squad for away ties, the midfielder said every player is relevant for them

Ahead of their Nigerian topflight encounter in Kano, Oladele Oshobe believes that every MFM player 'can perform better when given chance to play'.

The Lagos side have struggled to replicate their near perfect home form in away fixtures, a feat many believe has to do with Fidelis Ilechukwu's rotational policy.

The likes of league topscorer Stephen Odey, Sikiru Olatunbosun and Chukwuka Onuwa among others first choice players have been left out of the Olukoya Boys' matchday squad on numerous occasions for ties away from the Agege Stadium. And that has not bode well for them with results going against them.

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But with Sunday's visit to the Sani Abacha Stadium to face Kano Pillars in view, the midfielder offers backing to the lads called in to deputise for the starters.

"I can't say that because we have the other players who can also do very well," Oshobe told Goal.

"You can see from the last game, you can see players like Monday Shinshinma scoring the winner [against Shooting Stars].

"I think everybody in the MFM squad can perform better when given chance to play. So I can't say the absence of the three players [in most away fixtures] affects the team."

Placed second in the Nigeria Professional Football League log and five points behind leaders, Oshobe still retain hopes of lifting the top prize.

"We can do it. Nothing is impossible," he said.

"We believe in ourselves and we believe in our coaches. That’s why we have been working so hard and I believe at the end of the season, everyone including our fans will be happy," he concluded.