MFM are third in Group A of the Nigeria Processional Football League (NPFL) table with 24 points, seven adrift of leaders Rangers International, after 16 matches.
And Ilechukwu does not expect the Agege-based side to win the title soon because of the club’s philosophy of developing young players and promoting them to the main team.
Concise News understands that Ilechukwu is pained that MFM keep losing their top players to their NPFL rivals and other clubs outside the country.
Top players like Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Stephen Odey, Chuckwuka Onuwa, and Sikiru Olatunbosun have since left the side.
“As a coach, you can’t lose a lot of players each season. We struggle a lot without quality players and to me it’s painful,” brila.net quotes him as saying.
“In a team, if you have about four new young players, it’s not bad. But when over eighty percent of the team are young players, the NPFL is tough.
“However, I have to accept it because of the philosophy of the club in terms of breeding and repositioning.”
He then said that “I have been in it for 14 years and I am coming close to the end. I want to win titles but with the structure at MFM, it will be difficult.”