Abuja F.C.

Football club infobox
clubname = FC Abuja


fullname = Abuja Football Club
nickname = The Buffalos
founded = 1998 (as Buffalo F.C.)
ground = Old Parade Ground Abuja, Nigeria
capacity = 5,000
chairman = Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq
manager = TBA
league = Nigeria Premier League
season = 2008/09
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Abuja FC is a Nigerian Football team which plays in the Nigerian Premier League. Founded originally in Kano, the club is based in the Nigerian capital of Abuja and plays its home matches at the Old Parade Ground. For the 2008/09 season, they will play some home games in Kano as the Parade Ground was determined to be not up to Premier League standards. They were founded as Buffalo FC by Luc Lagouche, a French teacher at the French School in Kano in order to "use sport as a factor for social integration and personal responsibility". They were promoted out of the amateur ranks within three years after beginning play against other teams. Renamed as "F.C. Abuja" after sponsorship from the EFCC, they finished 5th in their division in the 2006/07 season with 3 wins, 8 draws and 3 losses and won their first of consecutive Federal Capital Territory Cups. The buffalos' best ever product is home-grown Macauley Chrisantus who was the golden boot winner at the 2007 U-17 World Cup in Korea and is currently with Hamburger SV.

The Staff

The Director: M. Luc LAGOUCHE

Luc is 35. He was a teacher at French School in Kano from Sept 95 to June 2003.Then, he was transferred to the French school in Abuja.He graduated in Biology at University of Lille 1. He has also a certificate of coaching in grassroots level in France.He is the technical adviser of the club and supervises all the teams.

Our Honorable Member: M. Reuben ONOJA

Reuben is 56. He's been the cook of the director since the beginning.He is the man from where everything started because he took M. Luc to Badawa at the very first time to visit his family.As a wise old man, he gives precious advice to all the members.

The Secretary: M. Husseini LABARAN

Husseini is 51. He's a tailor at his own worshop. He also sells sport kits.After having played a long time, he became a coach for many teams.He is now more in charge of all administrative work especially the relations with the Nigerian Football Association and the other clubs.

The Small Junior coach: M. Salisu IBRAHIM

Salisu is 35. He is a carpenter but continues his studies as the same time.He is assisting Husseini in his administrative work in Kano.But his most important mission is to take care of the future stars of Buffalo in the small junior team.

The Driver: M. Mohamed WASILU

Mohamed was the first driver of the club. He later bought his own taxi and decided to fully take care of his new duty now. We wish him good luck!

The Nurse: Misses Florence OGAR

Florence is 36. She is a qualified nurse and has worked in many hospitals before joining the club. She was taking care of all the small medical problems of our members.

The entire staff of BUFFALO would like to thank M. Jean Michel ROUSSET, the former director of Alliance Française in Kano, for his precious support, especially in the promotion of the club. He was also the initiator of the French courses in Badawa.We were also assisted by his Special Duty Officer, Raymond SIAKA.They both left Kano but they really marked their prints in the history of the club.

Current Squad

Former Players

* Macauley Chrisantus

Achievements

*2002-National Amateur Division 2 champions
*2003-National Amateur Division 1 champions (promoted to Professional Division 1)
*2008-Professional Division 1A runners-up (promoted to Premier League)

References

* [http://www.buffalofc.org/buffalo_pro.htm Official Website]
* [http://allafrica.com/stories/200804290171.html FC Abuja Gains Premiership Promotion]


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