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Grand Soccer Starz Held at Home by Abuja Metro FC

Charles Utah did what he does best – scoring for Abuja Metro FC – as Grand Soccer Starz FC were held to a 1-1 draw at the Tundunwada Secondary School, Wuse Zone 4, Abuja.

With Coach Modebe unavailable, it was Team Manager Martins Ojay & Assistant Patrick who took charge of the game away in Wuse Zone 4.

Fauzil Yusuf who missed out of the Unity Cup 2021 tournament is back with the team. Andrew Anuge also made his first start for the team.

Starting XI: Saka Oniminisi, Benard Bitrus (c), Prince kennJones, Naphtali Oboghare, Yohannes Oboghare, Jonathan Habakkuk, Charles Uttah, Fauzil Yusuf, Dupsonie Ramson, Nuhu Ismail, Andrew Anuge.

Subs: Ajayi Samuel, Kehinde Badmus, Henry Obioha, Success Orji, Henry Jones, Bobby Abbah.

The host were shocked when Charles Utah opened scoring in the 23rd minute from a beautiful assist from Yohannes Oboghare. Grand Soccer Starz responded immediately. They grabbed the equalizer in the 27th minute.

In the 30th minute, Dupsonie Ramson was sent off and the bench had to make tactical changes. Andrew Anuge’s debut was cut short with Kehinde Badmus his replacement. Henry Obioha replaced Ramson Dupsonie.

Immediately after the resumption of the second half, Success Orji came on for Nuhu Ismail before Ajayi Samuel made his debut in goal in the 52nd minute. He replaced Saka Oniminisi.

The Metros huffed and puffed but couldn’t breakdown the resolute Grand Soccer Starz backline. Bobby Abbah was sent in for Jonathan Habakkuk with 20 minutes left to play but the game ended 1-1.

It was Yohannes Oboghare – the younger of the Oboghare brothers who emerged AMFC Man of the match. 

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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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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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Abuja Metro FC Defeat Mbora FC in Friendly Encounter

Charles Utah’s 50th minute goal was enough as Abuja Metro FC edged out Mbora FC 2-1 at the Government Secondary School pitch in Garki.

Coach Modebe made few changes to the team that ran over Jagula FC last week.

AMFC team vs Mbora FC

Starting XI: Saka Onimisi, Miracle Tonack, Kehinde Badmus, Steven Temple, Prince KennJones, Dupsonie Ramsey, Charles Utah, Ikenna Ekedoro, Success Orji, Jonathan Habakkuk, Bernard Bitrus (c)

Subs: Promise Anyanwu, Ocheni Victor, Clement Cee, Nuhu Ismaili, Ndubisi Martins, Frank Ahonye

Mbora FC

Mbora FC fielded a strong side but they were undone in the 4th minute. In form striker Charles Utah found Goodluck Jonathan Habakkuk who slotted home for the opener.

It was end to end stuff between the teams but in the 33rd minute, Steven Temple added to Coach Modebe’s injury worries. He was subbed off for Nuhu Ismaili.

The Metros took the lead to the break but were stunned immediately after resumption. Justine got the equalizer for Mbora FC in the 46th minute.

Coach Modebe reacted quickly to the goal and made a double substitution almost immediately in the 47th minute. Clement Cee and Frank Ahonye replaced Ikenna Ekedoro and Miracle Tonack respectively.

Three minutes after the substitution, Charles Utah scored the winner with first half sub Nuhu Ismaili with the assist.

The striker have now been involved in at least two goals per game for Abuja Metro FC in 2021.

In the 85th minute, Ocheni Victor came on for Success Orji to ensure we kept the lead.

Mbora FC huffed and puffed but Abuja Metro FC held on to a 2-1 victory.

Abuja Metro FC have now scored 2+ goals in 5 consecutive matches. The team will hope to extend this record in the next game.

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Abuja Metro FC 4-1 Jagula FC: Another Brace From Charles Utah

Yet again, Charles Utah scored a brace as Abuja Metro FC continued an impressive start to the year with an emphatic 4-1 victory of Jagula FC.

The match played at the Government Secondary School Area 10 Garki saw coach Chinedu Modebe make four changes to the starting XI that defeated Konsole FC two weeks ago.

Abuja Metro FC team against Jagula FC

Starting XI: Saka Ominisi, Mohammed Wakil, Eze Vitus, Kennedy Badmus, Prince KennJones, Dupsonie Ramson, Charles Utah, Ikenna Ekedoro, Success Orji, Goodluck Jonathan, Bernard Bitrus

Subs: Promise Anyanwu, Frank Ahonye, Ocheni Victor, Samuel Offiong, Nuhu Ismaili, Bobby Abba

Despite the changes, it took just three minutes for Success Orji to score the opener. President Goodluck Jonathan was the assist provider, to the delight of the bench.

13 minutes later, Ikenna Ekedoro made it 2-0 for The Metros before Prince KennJones found Charles Utah in the 23rd minute for the third goal.

Jagula FC were relieved to hear the half time whistle with Abuja Metro FC leading 3-0.

Jagula FC

After the break, coach Modebe made two subs in the 50th minute: Bobby Abba came in for goal scorer Success Orji while Victor Ocheni replaced Goodluck Jonathan.

Frank Ahonye replaced Ikenna Ekedoro in the 65th minute before Charles grabbed his customary brace in the 75th with new sub Bobby Abba the provider.

Leading 4-0 with 15 minutes to go, Coach Modebe had the luxury of maximising his substitution.

Nuhu Ismaili replaced Mohammed Wakil in the 76th minute, Sam Effiong came on for Bernard Bitrus in the 80th before Promise Anyanwu replaced Saka Ominisi in goal three minutes later.

Jagula FC capitalised on the changes to grab a consolation in the 85th minute courtesy of Aliyu.

Donning the kit from FC Bayern Munich, Abuja Metro played like World Champions. It is now two wins in two games in 2021.

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Friendly: Charles Utah’s Brace Secures Victory For Abuja Metro FC

Charles Utah scored a brace as Abuja Metro began the year with an emphatic victory over Konsole Sports Football Club of Abuja.

Few weeks after the team resumed training, Coach Chinedu Modebe put up a formidable side that kept Konsole at bay.

Starting XI: Promise Anyanwu, Bernard Bitrus, Eze Vitus, Prince Kennyjones, Tonack Miracle, Fauzil Yusuf, Charles Utah, Sadiq Abubakar, Jonathan Habakkuk, Success Orji, Ikenna Ekedoro

Subs: Ocheni Daniel, Mohammed Wakil, Dupsonie Ramson, Clement Cee, Ndubisi Martins

In the first half, goalkeeper Promise Anyanwu made crucial saves to prevent the rampaging attackers of Konsole from finding the net. It was Charles Utah who broke the deadlock in the 38th minute to give Abuja Metro the lead.

Three minutes from the break, Coach Modebe made a forced substitution after Tonack Miracle picked up an injury. Mohammed Wakil was his replacement.

In the second half, Charles Utah continued from where he stopped. He converted an assist from Ikenna Ekedoro and netted his brace in the 48th minute to put Abuja Metro 2-0 up.

Ndubisi Martins came on for Ikenna Ekedoro in the 50th minute while Midfielder Fauzil Yusuf made way for Dupsonie Ramson in the 75th minute.

With five minutes left to play, Clement Cee came on for the star of the game – Charles Utah, while Ocheni David replaced Bernard Bitrus a minute later to secure the win for Abuja Metro FC.

After the game, coach Chinedu Modebe expressed his delight to the AMFC Media.

It was a good game for the lads after a long break. I am happy that they played to instructions”.

Despite being Metro’s first clean sheet since a 1-0 win over EE Sporting in September 2019, Modebe insists there are opportunities for improvement

The players still have a lot of work to do in training. There is room for improvement. With more players expected in the team, various options will be created.”

With a lot of injuries today, we can make an improved assessment of the venue and time of our next game”.

There is no better way to resume – A emphatic win. Congratulations Lads.