Two goals in each half from FC International ended the Abuja Metro’s winning run of 2021. It was the seventh game of the year for the Metros and their second in the 2021 Unity Cup organized by the AMAC Coaches Council.
The victory over Sun FC in the opener was a boost in preparation for the table toppers, FC International. FC International defeated Samba FA 4-0 in their opening game.
Coach Modebe made two changes to the starting XI that defeated Sun FC. Naphtali Oboghare and Nuhu Ismaili made their first starts in the competition.
Starting XI: Promise Anyanwu, Frank Ahonye, Benard Bitrus (c), Dupsonie Ramson, Prince kennJones, Eze Vitus, Naphtali Oboghare, Jonathan Habakkuk, Charles Uttah, Nuhu Ismaili, Success Orji
Subs: Saka Oniminisi, Miracle Tonack, Kehinde Badmus, Sadiq Abubakar, Yohannes Oboghare, Bobby Abba, Ikenna Ekedoro
Trailing 1-0 at half time to a 34th minute goal, match winner against Sun FC, Sadiq Abubakar came on for Naphtali Oboghare in the 50th minute before Ikenna Ekedoro replaced Nuhu Ismaili 5 minutes later.
The changes brought about positive chances for Abuja Metro, but they fell behind to another well worked goal in the 73rd minute.
With three minutes to go, Coach Modebe made a triple substitution – Dupsonie Ramson, Success Orji and Frank Ahonye were replaced by Yohannes Oboghare, Bobby Abba and Kehinde Badmus.
After the game, Coach Modebe was expressed his disappointment and optimisim. “It was a tough one for the team. It is bitter lesson. We would get back to the drawing board and bounce back”.
The team failed to score in a match for the third in the history of the club. It is the first time Abuja Metro FC failed to score in a match since losing 0-1 to Wil-Wealth FC in the FCT FA League.
Abuja Metro FC will face Samba FA in their third game of the tournament on Wednesday.