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Ekedoro’s Freekick Secure First Win for Abuja Metro FC to End Season on High

A superb second half free kick from Ikenna Ekedoro ensured Abuja Metro FC finished the season with at least a win.

It was our last match of the FCT FA League group phase but we were searching for our first win of the season. After losing 4-1 to Da-Priest FC in our opening game of the season, we drew with 1-1 with Echos Thrift FC. We celebrated our first point of the season but lost 1-0 to Will-Wealth two weeks later.

The chances of progressing to the second phase of the FCT FA League were minimal but the opportunity to record our first win was up for grabs. De Marshall was the team in our way.

The game started on a poor note for Abuja Metro. The referee awarded a penalty to De Marshall in the 16th minute after Bernard Bitrus handled the ball in the box. The penalty was converted to give De Marshall a 1-0 lead.

Just after the hour mark, Abuja Metro responded. Alex Moses drew the team level in the 61st minute with an assist from Bethel Onwughara. Things worsened for De Marshall after their captain was sent off in the 67th minute.

Four minutes later, substitute Ikenna Ekedoro converted a superb free kick to give Abuja Metro a lead for the first time this season. The substitution by head coach Abdullahi Abubakar at half time proved to be decisive.

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The team held on to the 2-1 win to finish the season with their first competitive win. They miss out of the next phase of the FCT FA League on goal difference.

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Bethel Onwughara Enters History Books with First Competitive Goal for the Club

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 โ€“ 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: โ€œI’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.โ€

โ€œIt is a mixed feeling to have scored the club’s first ever league goal due to the final result of the game. It wasn’t the result we expected. The game left a bitter taste for us all because we committed so many errors that we hope to correct on the training ground. I am quite happy to be among these great players representing this great Club and with hard work and commitment, we’ll go places.โ€

Bethel knows there is much work to be done: โ€œI hope to improve on my conversion rate in order to help the team get the results we need.โ€

He further expressed optimism with the club: โ€œI 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.โ€