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Defeat in the Ramadan Pre-Kopa Super Cup

Abuja Metro FC’s run in the Ramadan Pre-KOPA Super Cup came to an end after a quarter final defeat to Suicide-Jubril FC.

The competition which served as a pre-season tournament for the KOPA Super Cup came to live in the quarter finals as the 8 teams fought for a spot in the last four.

AMFC Team: Ernest Odoh (GK), Anuge Andrew, Bitrus Bernard, Dupsonie Ramson, Steven Temple, Habakkuk Jonathan, Eboh Leonard

A solitary first half goal from Suicide-Jubril FC was enough to end the tie as the second half produced no further goals. It is the first match Abuja Metro FC failed to score in the Ramadan Cup.

It was a good tournament for the lads as they prepare for future competitions.

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Abuja Metro FC Through to Quarter Finals

Abuja Metro FC are through to the last eight of the Ramadan Pre-KOPA Super Cup after securing 2 wins in Group C.

In the opening match on Saturday, James James scored the only goal as Abuja Metro FC pipped Cruiserweight FC.

AMFC Team vs Cruiserweight FC: Ernest Odoh, Andrew Anuge, Bernard Bitrus, Ramson Dupsonie, Steven Temple, Kingsley Odoh (James James), Leonard Eboh (Samson Simone (Ikenna Ekedoro))

Last night, the lads also got three points from Mixed FC after Leonard Eboh got the only goal on the first half. Our unbeaten run came to an end after we lost 3-1 to DDT Boys.

AMFC Team vs Mixed FC: Ernest Odoh, Andrew Anuge, Bernard Bitrus, Ramson Dupsonie, Steven Temple, Jonathan Habakkuk, Leonard Eboh

AMFC Team vs DDT Boys FC: Ernest Odoh, Andrew Anuge, Christopher Emeka, Kehinde Badmus, Steven Temple, James James, Dozie Iyidia

The victory meant DDT Boys FC emerged top of the group while Abuja Metro FC finished second.

Abuja Metro FC will face Suicide-Jubril FC on Friday (April 15) by 10:30pm

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Abuja Metro Walk Over Horvel Prime

Abuja Metro FC walked over Horvel Prime FC to record a win in the second round of the 2021/22 FCT FA League. Horvel Prime FC failed to arrive at the Area 3 pitch as scheduled, thus prompting the FCT FA officials to award the match 3-0 in favour of Abuja Metro FC.

Coach Modebe had made few changes to the team that fell to Galadima FC but with the lads took all three points as awarded.

XI: Pyrus jitoboh, Naphtali Oboghare, Dupsonie Ramson, Prince Kennjones, Abdullahi Hussaini, Fauzil Yusuf, Yohannes Oboghare, Charles Utah, Henry Osundu, Ikenna Ekedoro, Leonard Eboh
Subs: Saka Onimisi, Andrew Anuge, Jonathan Habakkuk, Samson Simon, Kwange Verse, Eze Vitus

The win means Horvel Prime finished bottom of the table while Galadima FC progressed as group winner to the Super Six. Abuja Metro FC finished third on the group.

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Defeat in the FCT FA League

Abuja Metro FC missed the opportunity to go top of the Group F table after losing 8-0 to Galadima FC with 10 men. With players absent due to injuries and other engagements, the lads were second best to Galadima FC in their second group game of the 2021/22 FCT FA League round 2.

XI: Saka Onimisi, Naphtali Oboghare, Bernard Bitrus, Eze Vitus (A. Anuge 46′), Hussaini Abdullahi, Charles Utah (H. Osundu 65′), Leonard Eboh (S. Simon 65′), Yohannes Oboghare, Ikenna Ekedoro, Tony Opeyemi (F. Yusuf 65′), Jonathan Habakkuk
Subs: Pyrus Jitoboh, Kingsley Odoh, Fauzil Yusuf (T. Opeyemi 65′), Andrew Anuge (E. Vitus 46′), Ramson Dupsonie, Samson Simon (L. Eboh 65′), Henry Osundu (C. Utah 65′)

The Metros had the first chance of the game – Jonathan Habakkuk’s cross from the left hand side found Ikenna Ekedoro but his effort was cleared off the line. The follow up from Tony Opeyemi was blocked.

Thereafter Galadima FC broke the deadlock in the 12th minute. An overhead pass from the Galadima half found a winger who eased off the challenge Bernard Bitrus and slotted beyond Saka in goal. They doubled the lead in the 28th minute and made it 3-0 in the 42nd minute after a defense splitting pass found the striker.

In the second half, things went from bad to worse. A through pass broke the defense and a forward rounded the goalkeeper before slotting in to make it 4-0. In the 64th minute, Bernard Bitrus received a second yellow card after conceding a foul in the box. The resultant penalty was converted to make it 5-0.

The coach made three changes after the red card but Galadima FC made it 6 in the 70th minute. Henry Osundu who came on as a sub was fouled in the box but Ikenna Ekedoro’s penalty kick was saved and Henry Osundu missed the rebound. Galadima FC added two more goals to wrap up the game.

The defeat means Abuja Metro FC will be unable to finish top of the table.

We face Horvel Prime FC in our final group game.

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Abuja Metro Record 6-2 Win Over Impresit FC

Abuja Metro FC began the New Year with an impressive 6-2 win over visiting Impresit FC at the GSS Garki pitch in Abuja.

XI: Pyrus Jitoboh (S. Onimisi 46′), Bernard Bitrus, Eze Vitus (A. Anuge 46′), Hussaini Abdullahi, Naphtali Oboghare, Dupsonie Ramson (F. Yusuf 46′), Yohannes Oboghare, Charles Utah, Leonard Eboh (S. Simon 50′), Ikenna Ekedoro (T. Opeyemi 46′), Henry Osundu (N. Ismail 46′)

Subs: Saka Onimisi (P. Jitoboh 46′), Andrew Anuge (E. Vitus 46′), Tony Opeyemi (I. Ekedoro 46′), Fauzil Yusuf (D. Ramson 46′), Nuhu Ismail (H. Osundu 46′), Samson Simon (L. Eboh 50′)

Away from football for 3 weeks, the lads were stunned after falling behind in the 10th minute to the visitors. Leonard Eboh drew level in the 38mins.

At half time, Coach Modebe made wholesome changes to the team, ensuring every available player tasted action in preparation for the FCT FA League.

Immediately after the half time break, defender Bernard Bitrus gave Abuja Metro FC the lead in the 48th minute. The lead was short-lived as Impresit FC fashioned out an equalizer two minutes later.

Nuhu Ismail put Abuja Metro ahead yet again in the 52nd minute before Charles Utah made it 4-2 in the 60th minute. Newly wedded Fauzil Yusuf found the net in the 65th before Tony Opeyemi wrapped up the game in the 75th minute.

It is the first time Abuja Metro FC recorded 6 goals in a match. Fauzil Yusuf was excited to be reunited with the team – “what a beautiful way to begin the year.” Charles Utah also had a great game – “It’s good to be back, great first game of the year

The team will continue preparations in readiness for the remaining group matches of the 2021/22 FCT FA League – 2nd round.

Next Match: Abuja Metro FC vs Galadima FC

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Abuja Metro Unable to breakdown Casmatt FA

Casmatt Football Academy defeated Abuja Metro FC 1-0 in their first match of the second round of the 2021/22 FCT FA League.

Coach Modebe made few changes to the side that held IB Sports Dreams to a goalless draw in the last game of the first round. Bernard Bitrus and Nuhu Ismail returned to the starting XI.

XI: Saka Onimisi, Naphtali Oboghare, Bernard Bitrus, Prince Kennjones (c), Hussaini Abdullahi (Eze Vitus 53′), Charles Utah, Leonard Eboh (Ikenna Ekedoro 75′), Yohannes Oboghare, Temple Steven (Nura Musa 75′), Nuhu Ismail (Chibuike Umeadi 75′), Jonathan Habakkuk.

Subs: Pyrus Jitoboh, Vitus Eze (Hussaini Abdullahi 53′), Nura Musa (Temple Steven 75′), Chibuike Umeadi (Nuhu Ismail 75′), Andrew Anuge, Ramson Dupsonie, Ikenna Ekedoro (Leonard Eboh 75′)

Casmatt FA took the lead in the 31st minute against the run of play. Attempts by Abuja Metro forwards were thwarted by the goalie and/or had to hit the side net.

In the second half, the introduction of Eze Vitus added more steel at the back but the lads were unable to break the resolute Casmatt FA defenders.

The game ended 1-0 in favour of Casmatt FA. With two more matches to play, Abuja Metro FC are now 3rd on the table. The remaining matches will be played next year – 2022.

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Abuja Metro Finish Top of the Table, Qualify For Second Round

A goalless draw against IB Sports Dream was enough for Abuja Metro FC as we secured top spot in the group and qualified to the second round of the 2021/22 FCT FA League.

After finishing joint-bottom in the group in our maiden season 2019/20 season, the team put up a determined display today and all through the first round of the tournament to finish top of the table.

Charles Utah & Ikenna Ekedoro made their first start of the tournament with the team battling with a few injuries.

XI: Saka Ominisi, Naphtali Oboghare, Ramson Dupsonie, Prince Kennjones (c), Hussaini Abdullahi (E. Vitus 85′), Charles Utah, Leonard Eboh, Yohannes Oboghare (T. Steven 65′), Ikenna Ekedero (T. Opeyemi 70′), Musa Bashir, Jonathan Habakkuk.

Subs: Pyrus Jitoboh, Eze Vitus (H. Abdullahi 85′), Kehinde Jimoh, Tony Opeyemi (I. Ekedoro 70′), Bernard Bitrus, Temple Steven (Y. Oboghare 65′), Andrew Anuge.

Quick as lightening, IB Sports Dream almost scored the opener but captain Prince Kennjones made a last ditch clearance as the ball attempted to creep in through the corner of the post. Few minutes later, Charles Utah had his shot saved by the IB Sports goalkeeper.

Another chance fell to Ikenna Ekedoro but the IB Sports defenders were quick enough to prevent the shot. Saka Ominisi was called upon twice as he saved the lads from conceding in the second half.

Saka making a save against IB Sports Dream FC

In the second half, Utah & Ekedoro continued from where they stopped in the first half, trying to make up for their previous absence in the starting line up. Utah’s header was saved by Ekedoro’s shot was denied by the crossbar after a shalom run. The follow up was shot wide by Utah.

Musa Bashir’s freekicks from the edge of the box were saved by the IB Sports goal keeper. Kennjones had a header cleared off the line before the referee blew the final whistle.

It was like a victory for the players, making history for the club but coach Chinedu Modebe is looking ahead. Speaking to the media after the game, Coach Modebe is not relaxing at the achievement: “We have to go back to the drawing board. there are still gray areas that need improvement”

With two other matches left to play, one more team from Group G will join Abuja Metro FC in the second round.

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Ismail and Eboh on Target as Abuja Metro FC defeat Mallam FC

Goals from Nuhu Ismail and Leonard Eboh gave Abuja Metro FC a 2-1 win over Mallam FC in the 2021/22 FCT FA League.

Coach Modebe made 2 changes to the starting XI that defeated Makinz FC a week ago. Nuhu Ismail made his first start of the competition, replacing Tony Opeyemi. Ramson Dupsonie also made his first start.

XI: Saka Ominisi, Hussaini Abdullahi, Naphtali Oboghare (A. Anuge 72′), Ramson Dupsonie (I. Ekedoro 72′), Prince Kennjones (c), Yohannes Oboghare, Temple Steven, Musa Bashir, Jonathan Habakkuk, Leonard Eboh (C. Utah 60′), Nuhu Ismaili.

Subs: Pyrus Jitoboh, Eze Vitus, Andrew Anuge (N. Oboghare 72′), Dajo Mershak, Charles Utah (L. Eboh 60′), Ikenna Ekedoro (R. Dupsonie 72′), Tony Opeyemi

After a couple of missed chances, the metros opened scoring in the 20th minite. Ismail latched onto a sidefoot pass from Leonard Eboh to put the ball beyond the goal keeper.

13 minutes later, Leo benefitted from Ismail’s tenacity. The striker followed up a poor clearance from Mallam FC, his pass towards Leo took a deflection but Leonard Eboh found the net to make it 2-0.

After the break, Mallam FC halved the deficit in the 56th minute but it was Abuja Metro who pressed on for more goals.

With various chances missed, the game ended 2-1. The win maintains our unbeaten record this season, top of the table and within a point of qualification to the second round.

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Leo’s Brace Secures First League Win for Abuja Metro FC

A first half brace from Leonard Eboh and a second half goal from Temple Steven gave Abuja Metro FC a 3-2 win over Makinz FC at the Area 3 pitch in Abuja.

It was the club’s first win of the ongoing 2021/22 FCT FA League, following the matchday 1 draw with Scorpion FC last week.

Coach Modebe made three changes to the starting XI that drew with Scorpion FC. Saka Ominisi, Steven Temple and Tony Opeyemi made their first starts of the league

XI: Saka Onimisi, Naphtali Oboghare, Bernard Bitrus, Prince Kennjones (c), Hussaini Abdullahi, Temple Steven (E. Vitus 85′), Leonard Eboh (N. Ismail 85′), Yohannes Oboghare, Tony Opeyemi (I. Ekedoro 52′), Musa Bashir, Jonathan Habakkuk

Subs: Pyrus Jitoboh, Eze Vitus (T. Steven 85′), Dupsonie Ramson, Nuhu Ismail (L. Eboh 85′), Ikenna Ekedoro (T. Opeyemi 52′), Kwange Verse, Dajo Mershak

It took just 13 minutes for Leonard Eboh to register the opener. Tony Opeyemi’s loop shot was cleared off the line but the clearance fell to Leonard Eboh who sent in a powerful header for the goal.

Leo doubled the lead in the 25th minute, tapping in a low cross from Jonathan Habakkuk on the right. Captain Prince Kennjones found Habakkuk with a well placed pass that caught the Makinz FC defenders off guard.

Leonard Eboh celebrates his second goal of the game

In the second half, Makinz FC came out blazing. Their persistence paid off in the 47th minute when they halved the deficit.

Three minutes later, Temple Steven pounced on a loose ball, skipped past his marker before slotting in beautifully to make it 3-1.

Temple Steven wheels away after scoring the 3rd goal for Abuja Metro FC

Makinz FC pulled one back in the 62nd minute but Abuja Metro FC held on to the 3-2 win.

The win takes Abuja Metro FC to the top of the table. We will play Mallam FC on November 22.

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Eboh’s Equalizer Earns Abuja Metro FC a draw in League Opener

Leonard Eboh scored an 89th minute equalizer as 10-man Abuja Metro FC salvaged a draw in their opening match of the 2021/2022 FCT FA League against Scorpion FC.

Starting XI: Gbenga Akande, Hussaini Abdullahi, Kehinde Jimoh (Red Card 59′), Naphtali Oboghare, Bernard Bitrus (Dupsonie Ramson 90′), Prince Kennjones, Yohannes Oboghare, Musa Bashir, Jonathan Habakkuk, Leonard Eboh, Verse Kwange (Ikenna Ekedoro 56′)

Unused Subs: Saka Ominisi, Nuhu Ismail, Dajo Mershak, Eze Vitus, Andrew Anuge.

The game played at the Area 3 pitch saw Coach Modebe’s boys reduced to 10 after Jimoh Kehinde was shown red for a professional foul in the 59the minute.

Scorpion FC scored the opener in the 51st minute after the first half ended goalless.

For the last 30 minutes, Coach Modebe reshuffled his team as they sort and get the equalizer: Jonathan Habakkuk’s shot from the right was too hot for the Scorpion goalie, Leonard Eboh reacted quickest, heading the spill into the net for the equalizer.

Coach Modebe spoke to the AMFC Media after the game: “The boys played well. They gave a good fight”. Jonathan Habakkuk emerged Man of the Match.

With the draw, Abuja Metro FC are joint 2nd on the table behind Makinz FC who defeated IB Sporting Dreams by a lone goal.

Our next match is against Makinz FC next week Tuesday (November 16) at the Area 3 Pitch.