Countdown To SSI Premiership Season 2: Do You Know Faith Alive FC? A Closer Look At This Newly Promoted Team To The Premiership

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With days to the kickoff of season 2 of the SSI Premiership, SSI Media team brings each club very close to you.

A Closer Look At Newly Promoted SSI Premiership Team, Faith Alive FC

1. Who is the owner or better still Coordinating Founder of this organization that’s been a blessing to hundreds of thousands of people?

  • The coordinating founder of Faith Alive Football Club is Dr. Christian Isichei.

2. When was Faith Alive FC formed?

  • Faith Alive FC was formed in February 2008.

3. How and why was the Club formed?

  • First and foremost, Faith Alive Foundation started in the early days of HIV and Aids pandemic which was so much that the youths were falling victims to the deadly virus, recording alot of deaths and that was when Christian Isichei started nurturing a thought of setting up a football club so as to engage the youths who were mostly victims, unemployed, restless, out of school and facing so much challenges, that was when it occurred to him that he could use football as a means of bringing them together and give them a better future and also making them useful not only to themselves but their families and the nation and humanity at large. Hence, he started with the U20 Faith Alive Youth Soccer Team and later had the U13 Faith Alive Soccer Team as well, and that is the point when Joshua Marcus came in and took over as the Head coach of Faith Alive FC and the club continued to grow from strength to strength.

4. What is the primary aim of Faith Alive Foundation?

  • According to the founding coordinator, Christian Isichei, the primary aim is to curtail the prevalence of HIV and Aids pandemic and to raise God fearing youths. He added that the HIV Aids pandemic has drastically reduced to about 2 percent in most states in Nigeria as the club is also achieving another aim of bringing the youths closer to God and be spiritually sound.

5. Where is the Headquarters of Faith Alive Foundation?

  • Jos, Plateau State.

6. What is their biggest achievement so far?

  • they won the Plateau State Super League Cup in 2009 and went on to represent the State in the national Super League playoffs. They also represented Plateau State in the U17 national youths tournament in Kaduna.

7. How did they gain promotion to the SSI Premiership?

  • Faith Alive FC gained promotion to the SSI Premiership from the SSI Championship in which they finished second behind Champions and fellow promoters Skylink FC only on goal difference as both teams finished with 48pts each.

8. How did they perform in the SSI Championship?

  • Faith Alive FC scored a total of 53 goals in the Championship and conceded 21. They played a total of 22 matches: won 14, drew 6 and lost 2. They recorded a total of 7 home wins, 4 home draws and no home loss, they also recorded 7 away wins, 2 away draws and 2 away losses.

9. Who is their star player?

  • Without a doubt, striker Musa Kusir is their danger man, he finished as the highest goal scorer in the Championship with 12 goals closely followed by Zabwami Bello of Rhino FA with 10 goals.

10. What was their biggest win and biggest loss on their way to promotion?

  • their biggest win was when they hammered Tin City FA 11-1 at home on the final day as Musa Kusir scored 5, while their biggest loss was when they lost 3-1 away to Learning FC in week 8.

11. How many times were they cautioned by referees in the Championship?

  • they were given a total of 23 yellow cards which is the joint highest with Learning FC and 2 red cards while in the Championship.

12. Is the Club meant for Christian players only?

  • absolutely not, there are Muslim players to also done their jersey in the Premiership such as Umar Faruk, Noziru Salisu, Suleiman and many others.

13. Who were their players that shone like million stars in the Championship and have the potential to shine in the Premiership?

  • there are so many of them, they include: Macham Joseph (C), Musa Kusir, Musa Yohanna, Gift Emmanuel, Obed Zachariah, Neishak Musa, Noziru Salisu, Fidelis Adaro, Elijah Mathew among others.

14. Who are the members of the coaching crew?

  • the coaching crew list who guided the team to the Premiership include: Coach Joshua Marcus, Ayuba Elisha, team doctor Emmanuel among others.

15. Can Faith Alive Thrive In The SSI Premiership?

  • for the fact that they finished second to Skylink FC in the Championship on goal difference and lost only twice in 22 matches scoring 53 goals and conceding 21 shows they are truly a premiership material hence their promotion was a well deserved one.

16. Lastly, what is the level of their football professionalism that can be of help for them in the Premiership?

  • in terms of professionalism, only Skylink FC and Elspuron Feeders FA can be compared to them, they made sure they honored all their matches both home and away, far and near in their white colored 18-seater coaster bus branded “Faith Alive Foundation”. Their team jersey logo shows how Jesus Christ was performing one of his many miracles which signifies that the team believe in miracles, so let’s see how far their faith can take them in the SSI Premiership.

Compiled by Lengshak Fwan.

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