One of the leading clubs in the Federal Capital Territory, FC Abuja are already plotting a swift Premier league return days after picking vital ticket to feature in the Nigeria National League, NNL in the 2016/2017 league season.
FC Abuja last played in the country’s top flight league during 2008/2009 league season after they firstly gained promotion during 2007/2008 in the Nigeria’s second tier zone.
Head Coach of the team, Haruna Ilerika who told Nigerian Pilot Sports that the club’s management has been supportive leading to series of successes recorded by the club this season vowed not to lower their guard when playing at the National league.
The Abuja-based side had to contend with determination and successfully waded off stiff challenge from Boro FC of Kano with a 3-0 comfortable win inside Area 3 playground in Abuja.
Apart from picking NNL ticket, FC Abuja won this year’s Federation Cup in the FCT and went ahead to feature at the national level.
According to Coach Ilerika who also recalled how Nigeria Nation-wide league officials frustrated their effort to make early return to NNL enthused; “For me, gaining a promotion is an achievement. Its been difficult period playing at the Natio-wide league. This time, opportunity to gain promotion came on a platter of gold and we took it.
“Although, things have been difficult all over the country financial wise, the management can continue to support us to return to Premier League. We are aiming higher even though the management is not putting pressure on us.
“The organisation of the league this season has been very satisfactrory. Ther has been least minimum number of problems arising from the administration of the league despite the fact that the Nation-wide league has up to 160 clubs they are managing.”
FC Abuja last played in the country’s top flight league during 2008/2009 league season after they firstly gained promotion during 2007/2008 in the Nigeria’s second tier zone.
Apart from FC Abuja, FRSC FC also gained promotion back to NNL, courtesy of a 3-0 win over Lobi Stars feeders of Makurdi. FRSC were relegated last season to Nation-wide and made a quick return.


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