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Unity Cup 2021: Habakkuk On Target in 1-1 Draw Against Rhapsody FC

Rhapsody FC scored a 55th minute equaliser to deny Abuja Metro FC all three points in the last group game of the Unity Cup.

Jonathan Habakkuk scored the opener in the 52nd minute with Nuhu Ismaili providing a well worked assist.

Needing at least a win in the last group game to progress from Group C and the fixture reschedule, Coach Modebe made five changes to the XI that lost to Samba FA.

Promise Anyanwu returned in goal while the Oboghare brothers started a game together for the first time in the Unity Cup.

Starting XI: Promise Anyanwu, Bernard Bitrus, Prince Kennjones, Naphtali Oboghare, Yohannes Oboghare, Temple Steven, Ikenna Ekedoro, Nuhu Ismail, Andrew Angua, Jonathan Habakkuk, Charles Utah

Subs: Saka Oniminisi, Dupsonie Ramson, Henry Jones, Leonard Eboh, Eze Vitus, Micheal Chukwuma, Kingsley Makama

The lads held the table toppers to a goalless first half but came out stronger in the second half.

The pressure paid off when Jonathan Habakkuk scored in the 52nd minute. But the lead was short-lived. Rhapsody FC got the equaliser three minutes later.

Leonard Eboh and Henry Jones came in for Ikenna Ekedoro and Nuhu Ismaili in the 62nd minute but they were unable to maneover the resolute Rhapsody FC defenders.

With 15 minutes to play, Modebe sent in Dupsonie Ramson and Kingsley Makama for Bernard Bitrus and Charles Utah.

The match ended 1-1 with Abuja Metro FC finishing 2 points behind the top two in Group C.

Rhapsody FC and FC International progressed to the Quarter finals from Group C.

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Rest in Peace, Ford Moses

Everyone at Abuja Metro FC is devastated by the shocking news that Ford Moses, who played for the club, has died after an attempt to stop a robbery.

Ford has been a committed part of the club and was a member of the Abuja Metro FC squad that participated in the 2019 FCT FA League. He had been pursuing academic studies in Cross Rivers University of Technology, Calabar where the unfortunate incident occurred.

Ford will always hold a special place in our hearts and our thoughts are with all his family and friends.

Rest in peace, Ford.

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Unity Cup 2021: Charles Utah grabs Brace as Samba Hit Five

Charles Utah returned to scoring ways and scored a brace as Abuja Metro FC lost to Samba Football Academy on Wednesday.

Prior to the encounter, Samba FA were bottom of the table – albeit with just one match played. Both teams needed a win the surge upward on the Group C table, but it was Samba FA that triumphed in the seven-goal thriller.

Coach Modebe made five changes to the team that lost 2-0 to table toppers FC International. Saka Ominisi made his first start in goal in the competition.

Starting XI: Saka Ominisi, Miracle Tonack, Benard Bitrus (c), Yohannes Oboghare, Prince KennJones, Kehinde Badmus, Jonathan Habakkuk, Ikenna Ekedoro, Charles Utah, Success Orji, Eze Vitus

Subs: Promise Anyanwu, Naphtali Oboghare, Nuhu Ismaili, Dupsonie Ramson, Bobby Abba, Henry Jones

Samba FA quickly took the lead in the 21st minute against the run of play. They doubled the lead in the 38th minute.  The coach was forced to make a substitution after the goal. On came Naphtali Oboghare for Miracle Tonack who picked up an injury.

With the Oboghare brothers on the pitch, Abuja Metro FC began the comeback. Prince Kennjones found Charles Utah in the 41st minute to make it 2-1 before the break. After the break, Charles Utah got his brace in the 62nd minute. It was his 10th goal of the year.

Coach Modebe added more fire power in the 65th minute. Henry Jones came on for Ikenna Ekedoro but Samba FA took the lead with a well taken goal in the 68th minute.

7 minutes later Samba FA extended the lead to 4-2. Attempts to remedy the game with the introduction of Dupsonie Ramsey and Bobby Abba for Success Orji and Yohannes Oboghare couldn’t turn the game around.

With 9 minutes of regulation time left to play, Samba FA made it 5-2. Late attempts by Charles Utah, Prince Kennjones and other players couldn’t beat the Samba FA goalkeeper.

With the defeat, Abuja Metro FC have slipped down to 4th on the table and will face Rhapsody FC in the final group game. 

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Unity Cup 2021: FC International Ends the Winning Streak

Two goals in each half from FC International ended the Abuja Metro’s winning run of 2021. It was the seventh game of the year for the Metros and their second in the 2021 Unity Cup organized by the AMAC Coaches Council.

The victory over Sun FC in the opener was a boost in preparation for the table toppers, FC International. FC International defeated Samba FA 4-0 in their opening game.

Coach Modebe made two changes to the starting XI that defeated Sun FC. Naphtali Oboghare and Nuhu Ismaili made their first starts in the competition.

Starting XI: Promise Anyanwu, Frank Ahonye, Benard Bitrus (c), Dupsonie Ramson, Prince kennJones, Eze Vitus, Naphtali Oboghare, Jonathan Habakkuk, Charles Uttah, Nuhu Ismaili, Success Orji

Subs: Saka Oniminisi, Miracle Tonack, Kehinde Badmus, Sadiq Abubakar, Yohannes Oboghare, Bobby Abba, Ikenna Ekedoro

Trailing 1-0 at half time to a 34th minute goal, match winner against Sun FC, Sadiq Abubakar came on for Naphtali Oboghare in the 50th minute before Ikenna Ekedoro replaced Nuhu Ismaili 5 minutes later.

The changes brought about positive chances for Abuja Metro, but they fell behind to another well worked goal in the 73rd minute.

With three minutes to go, Coach Modebe made a triple substitution – Dupsonie Ramson, Success Orji and Frank Ahonye were replaced by Yohannes Oboghare, Bobby Abba and Kehinde Badmus.

After the game, Coach Modebe was expressed his disappointment and optimisim. “It was a tough one for the team. It is bitter lesson. We would get back to the drawing board and bounce back”. 

The team failed to score in a match for the third in the history of the club. It is the first time Abuja Metro FC failed to score in a match since losing 0-1 to Wil-Wealth FC in the FCT FA League.

Abuja Metro FC will face Samba FA in their third game of the tournament on Wednesday. 

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Unity Cup 2021: Abuja Metro FC Eclipse Sun FC in Group Opener

Promise Anyanwu emerged the hero of the day as Abuja Metro FC began the 2021 Unity Cup with a 1-0 victory over Sun FC. The goalie put a man of the match performance to ensure a clean sheet for the Metros.

Abuja Metro FC featured in the 2019 edition of the competition and recorded their first victory in the competition, thanks to a late winner from super-sub Sadiq Abubakar.

Coach Chinedu Modebe made just one change to the starting XI that defeated Wil-Wealth FC 5-2 away at Bwari Local Council: Temple Steven replaced Ayala Musa.

Starting XI: Promise Anyanwu, Miracle Tonack, Benard Bitrus (c), Dupsonie Ramson, Prince kennJones, Eze Vitus, Jonathan Habakkuk, Ikenna Ekedoro, Charles Uttah, Success Orji, Temple Steven

Subs: Saka Oniminisi, Frank Ahonye, Kehinde Badmus, Sadiq Abubakar, Nuhu Ismail, Bobby Abba, Naphtali Oboghare, Ndubisi Martins

Sun FC had the better chances in the first half. They huffed and puffed but were denied by the agile Promise Anyanwu in goal. Midway into the half, the woodwork denied Sun FC after beating the goalie. Sun FC were all over the Metros and Charles Uttah was cautioned in the 42nd minute.

6 minutes into the second half, Sadiq Abubakar came on for Temple Steven. Promise Anyanwu continued from where he stopped – making point blank saves to deny Sun FC a goal.

In the 71st minute, Coach Modebe made two subs. In came Frank Ahonye and Nuhu Ismaili for Miracle Tonack and Ikeanna Ekedoro respectively.

With three minutes of regulation time to play, two of the three substitutes combined to score the winner. Sadiq Abubakar converted Nuhu Ismaili’s pass to the delight of the coach.

After the game, Coach Modebe was impressed with Promise Anyanwu. “Promise Anyanwu was outstanding today. He made a lot of crucial saves. He kept us in the game until the winner”. 

The win sends Abuja Metro FC to the top of the table pending the results from the other group matches. This win extends the unbeaten run to six matches in 2021.

Abuja Metro FC will face FC International in their second game of the tournament on Friday, May 21. 

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Unity Cup 2021: Groups Updated and Fixtures Released

The 2021 Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the AMAC Football Coaches Council Unity Cup have announced an update to the draws made on Saturday.

According to the secretary, replacements were made after some teams pulled out of the competition.

In Group C, Premier Football Academy and Eagles Wings Football Acadsmy were replaced by FC International and Samba FA.

The fixtures were also released on Monday with games to be played at the Old Parade Groud and the Area 3 pitch.

Abuja Metro FC will begin their campaign against Sun FC at the Old Parade Ground, Area 10 on Wednesday May 19 before facing FC International on May 21, Samba FC on May 27 and Rhapsody FC on May 30.

Coach Modebe completed training sessions today in preparation for the match against Sun FC by 4pm.

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Unity Cup 2021: Abuja Metro FC Drawn against Defending Champions in Group C

Abuja Metro FC have been drawn in Group C of the 2021 Unity Cup alongside defending champions Rhapsody FC, Premier Football Academy, Sun FC, and Eagles Wings Football Academy.

The draw took place on Saturday May 15, 2021 at the Old Parade Ground, Area 10, Garki Abuja. Team mangers, Club coaches and captains of the 20 clubs were present at the draw.

The 20 clubs were grouped into four groups. The top 2 in each group will progress to the quarter final of the competition.

The Unity Cup is an annual competition organized by the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Football Coaches Council. Abuja Metro FC participated in the 2019 edition finishing with 2 points from 3 games. The competition was put on hold in 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Speaking to the AMFC Media after the draw, Team Manager Egbunu Martins Ojay expressed his excitement:

“Based on the metrics and performances of the Club, I expect the 2021 Unity Cup to be a very exciting turn out. The team has learnt from the last time we participated in the cup in 2019. That was our very first competition. We have gone back to the drawing board and we expect a very challenging turnout”.

The players and the coach are high mentally and would also want to extend their unbeaten run to this competition. Abuja Metro FC are unbeaten in their last five matches.

Team Manager Ojay

Ojay acknowledges that we will be facing tough opposition in the competition.

We would be facing tough opponents in the group. Rhapsody FC were winners of the 2019 Unity cup, Sun FC have played in the NLO while Premier Football Academy participated in the 2019 Unity Cup & the FCT FA State League.

I believe the coach and the team won’t take any of the games for granted and the Club would be coming out to make a reputable Statement.

Matches will be played at the Area 3 Pitch and Old Parade ground. Fixtures and dates will be announced on Tuesday May 18, 2021. 

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Wil-Wealth FC Walloped in Bwari as Charles Utah Continues Impressive Form

Charles Utah scored an hat-trick as Abuja Metro FC breezed past Wil-Wealth FC in a 7 goal thriller in Bwari Area Council.

It was the first away friendly match of the year for Coach Chinedu Modebe’s side and the 5-2 victory ensured a 100% win rate in 2021. It was also the first time the Metros will score 5 goals in a single match.

Coach Modebe made two changes to the starting XI that defeated Hanik Sports two weeks ago: Jonathan Habakkuk and Success Orji came in for Nuhu Ismaili and Sadiq Abubakar.

Starting XI: Promise Anyanwu, Miracle Tonack, Benard Bitrus (c), Dupsonie Ramsey, Prince Kennjones, Eze Vitus, Jonathan Habakkuk, Ayala Musa, Ikenna Ekedoro, Charles Utah, Success Orji

Subs: Saka Oniminisi, Ocheni Victor, Bobby Abba, Frank Ahonye, Clement Cee, Nuhu Ismail, Dajo Mershak

The game started slowly but Miracle Tonack got into the referee’s book in the 8th minute.

Musa Ayala Yusuf broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute to the surprise of the home team. 10 minutes later, Ayala turned provider as Charles Utah sent a powerful header beyond the goalkeeper to make 2-0 to Abuja Metro FC.

In the 36th minute, Samuel halved the deficit for Wil-Wealth FC but three minutes later Charles Utah made it 3-1 to Abuja Metro FC.

Three minutes after the break, Charles Utah grabbed his hat-trick. Success Orji found the striker outside the box who scored a screamer to the delight of the visitors.

With a three goal lead, Coach Modebe sent in fresh legs on the hour mark. The trio of Nuhu Ismaili, Miracle Tonack and Saka Oniminisi came on for Ikenna Ekedoro, Miracle Tonack and Promise Anyanwu.

Six minutes after the hour mark, Charles Utah turned provider as Jonathan Habakkuk made it 5-1 via a cheeky backheel.

With 10 minutes to go, Doja Mershak came on for hat-trick hero Charles Utah. Bashiru reduced the scoreline from the spot for Wil-Wealth FC in the 83rd minute

Bobby Abba came on for hat-trick hero Charles Utah in the 88th minute to secure the 5-2 win for Abuja Metro FC.

Speaking to AMFC Media after the game, Coach Modebe was delighted with the performance of the players: “It was a good game all round. The boys gave their best and they are willing to do more”

The team will continue preparations for the FCT FA League.

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Motivated Modebe Expects Victory Against Wil-Wealth FC

Coach Chinedu Modebe and Captain Bernard Bitrus met with the Abuja Metro FC Media before the visit to Bwari to face Wil-Wealth FC

Coach Chinedu Modebe

On the winning run since the beginning of the year

Modebe: The club has been highly motivated since my return to the club. There is hundred percent dedication in training and passion for the game and the club. We accelerated our tactics in what I call “mobile & high press”. The players have faith in me, and I also have faith in them.

Bitrus: The players have a bond with the coach, and this has motivated the players since the beginning of the year. The coach is always ready to offer support. We are fond of him and he makes us enjoy the game.

On playing away for the first time this season

Modebe: The players have worked very hard in training and in very high spirit. We expect nothing less than a victory in our first away match this season.

On playing Wil-Wealth FC – a previous opponent in the FCT FA League

Modebe: I am always highly motivated to get a victory for the team. So, this match is not going to be an exception. It is going to be a very crucial game as I want to extend our unbeaten streak in preparation of the start of the league.

Bitrus: We expect a very tough match, but we know it is a very crucial one. We have worked hard and trained extensively. We believe once we play to instructions and the tactics of the coach, we expect nothing less than a victory.

On Charles Utah’s impressive form

Modebe: Charles came as a surprise. He has been an exceptional player considering his high attributes to every game. Also, I must give kudos to the other teammates for their focus and exceptional contributions.

The match will be played in Bwari Area Council by 3pm today.

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Abuja Metro FC Defeat Hanik Sports FC to Maintain Perfect Start

Nuhu Ismaili and Ikenna Ekedoro fired Abuja Metro FC to their fourth win of the year with a 2-1 victory over visiting Hanik Sports FC at the Government Secondary School, Area 10 Garki.

The Metros made it four wins in four matches this year. Today’s victory extends the winning streak to four consecutive matches – a record in the club’s history.

Coach Modebe made five changes to the starting XI that defeated Mbora FC last Saturday.

Promise Anyanwu returned in goal while Eze Vitus, Sadiq Abubakar, Ayala Musa and Nuhu Ismaili made up the changes.

XI: Promise Anyanwu, Miracle Tonack, Benard Bitrus, Dupsonie Ramsey, Prince KennyJones, Eze Vitus, Ikenna Ekedoro, Ayala Musa, Nuhu Ismaili, Charles Utah, Sadiq Abubakar

Subs: Abboy Fidelis, Ocheni Victor, Bobby Abba, Frank Ahonye, Clement Cee, Jonathan Habakkuk

The game lit up in the 28th minute when in-form forward Charles Utah found Nuhu Ismaili in the box for a simple tap-in to give Abuja Metro FC a 1-0 lead.

9 minutes later went, it went from bad to worse for Hanik Sports FC. Nuhu Ismaili turned provider for Ikenna Ekedoro to make it 2-0 after a goalmouth scramble.

Just before the half time whistle, Stanley Godia pulled one back for the visitors in added time.

After the break, the teams continued to make attempts to no avail.

In the 63rd minute, goal scorer Ikenna Ekedoro made way for Clement Cee while Miracle Tonack was replaced by Frank Ahonye. Bobby Abba came on for Nuhu Ismaili with 20 minutes left to play.

With no goals scored in the second half, the game ended 2-1 in favour of Abuja Metro FC.

According to Coach Modebe, “it is a good preparation for the away game against Wil-Wealth FC in Bwari”