After 17 previous friendly and non-competitive matches, history beckoned on us to make a mark in Abuja and Nigeria. We made our competitive debut in November 14, 2019 when we filed out against Da-Priest Prolific FC in the 2019/20 FCT Football Association League at the Area 3 Football pitch, Garki Abuja.
Da-Priest FC opened the scoring in the third minute to put us on the back foot. The goal donned on the players that an equalizer was needed. Up came Bethel Onwughara in the 22nd minute for the equalizer and first goal in the league. The forward controlled a beautiful long-range pass from Prince Kennjones before slotting it beyond the keeper to draw us level.
It was much more than a goal. It was our first statement in Nigeria football – our first competitive goal in our first competitive game. The game however ended 4-1 in favour of Da-Priest FC.
Speaking to AMFC Media after the game, Bethel expressed happiness with the goal and praised the midfielder that provided the delightful assist: “I’m actually happy to have scored. The goal came as a result of team play and great vision from Prince to have spotted my run.”
Bethel knows there is much work to be done: “I hope to improve on my conversion rate in order to help the team get the results we need.”
He further expressed optimism with the club: “I am optimistic that we are heading towards the right part. The management have been trying to encourage us and we will do our best to represent this club badge.”