James Aiyeyemi
By Zazi BAriza 


MFM
will on Sunday begin their three match closed gate sanction when they host
Heartland in week 27 of the Nigeria Professional Football League.
The
Lagos-based church side were ordered by the League Management Company to play
their next three home games behind closed doors after fans at the Agege Stadium
disrupted the match day 22 fixture against Shooting Stars.
The
sanction was billed to begin with the Lagos derby against Ikorodu United, but
the LMC waived that game, explaining that the fact that the game had already
been lined-up for live TV coverage made it imperative for fans to be granted
access.
MFM
will therefore play Plateau United and Warri Wolves, alongside Heartland this
weekend, behind closed door.
In
a chat with Naijafootball247.com, goalkeeper James Aiyeyemi praised the fans
for their support all through the season, and admitted that it will be
difficult to play without them.
He
however said that the absence of the fans would not deter them for picking
maximum points against their opponents on Sunday.  
“The
fans have been too fantastic. They are always coming out to give us the best of
what they have.  I have never seen this
kind of fans before.
“It
is a painful thing that the game is going to be played behind closed doors. Everybody
will miss them, but when you are ready to play football you won’t look at what
happens. We just need to come out and make our fans proud.”
The
former Sharks goal tender predicted that the game against Heartland will be a
war.
“That
game is going to be a war game because they (Heartland) want to leave the
relegation zone. It is a game we have to come out and win, and I believe we are
going to win it.”
MFM
currently sit in 10
th place on the log with 33 points from 24
matches.

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