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”


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.


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.

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.