Nigeria wins first Church World Cup

The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos has emerged champions in the maiden Church World Cup in Goa, India. The country’s flag bearers thrashed Colombia 7-0 in the final of the unique tournament on Sunday.

Adekunle Adegboyega set the ball rolling with the first goal for MFM who dominated from start to finish in what was largely a one-sided contest. Midfielder Sheriff Alashe doubled MFM’s advantage before two more goals came off the boots of Nelson Kenedinum and Adegboyega to give the Nigeria National League side a comfortable 4-0 lead going into the break.

Adegboyega was not yet done with scoring as he added one more to complete his hat trick. Also in the second half, Sikiru Olatunbosun found the back of the net twice, while midfielder Nelson Kenedinum completed the rout.

MFM FC ended the competition without conceding a goal and scored 20 goals in five games.

Expectedly, it was a clean sweep for MFM FC in the individual awards as striker, Adegboyega, won the top scorer award with eight goals and diminutive midfielder, Onuwa Emmanuel, was voted the Most Valuable Player of the competition.

MFM FC’s road to making history at the Church World Cup in India started with a 3-0 win over Colombia, next to fall was Egypt who lost 2-0, while Uzbekistan were hammered 7-0 and the hosts India conceded a goal in the semi-final which catapulted the Olukoya Boys to the final of the competition. The participating teams were host India, Colombia, Egypt, Brazil, Nigeria, Ghana, Uzbekistan and Portugal.

The victorious team is expected back in the country on Tuesday with the MFM General Overseer, Daniel Olukoya, already promising a befitting reception for the newly crowned champions.


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  • IN_90seconds

    Who cares!

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  • duru calistus o

    Now u are turning the house of God aplace of football this new modern pastor be careful we are in the last age.

  • Thenjiwe Obong

    I wonder how many non-church members were included in that team.

  • Egbu Yugo

    Proposing such ideas to most Nigerian governors is like teaching a sheep Latin. They are all fixated on oil revenue from the federal government.

  • Ibraheem Aruna

    I noticed you have not bothered to mention the system that currently operates in Lagos, where the collectors of such taxes on behalf of the state government are entitled to 25% or more of what they declare. A situation that exacerbated misunderstanding within the corridors of power there. The same system previously, operated in Bauchi state even if I am not in the know of what the terms and commission were. The same system is what now operates in several LGA to the benefit of the chairmen and their councillors .What therefore is the role of a government, state and LGA if it is unable to supervise the collection and monitor IGRs to finance salaries and much needed basic infrastructure.? There is a need for transparent, honest leadership. If other smaller African countries are doing it why can”t we? According to a prominent citizen, “If Nigeria does not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria.”