In an eagerly anticipated showdown, WonderXchange FC faced off against Agbana FA in a highly competitive match. The teams took to the field with a mix of anticipation and determination, eager to secure a victory.

The Selection

Before kick-off, the gaffer made a notable change to the starting lineup. Ayomide Abidoye earned a spot in the team, replacing Godspower Ikechukwu, showcasing the coach’s tactical decision-making. This alteration added an element of surprise and injected fresh energy into the squad.

Tope Otaki continued to command the goal, displaying his unwavering focus and dedication. Alongside him, the defensive line remained unchanged, featuring the reliable presence of Sunday Emmanuel, Bonny Akingbade, Tomisin Ayodeji, and Miracle Edwin. Their collective defensive prowess and astute positioning aimed to thwart the opponent’s attacks and maintain a solid backline.

In the midfield, Taiwo Ogunleye, Ayomide Abidoye, and Melody Terdoo formed a dynamic trio, working in unison to control the midfield battles. Their ability to distribute the ball effectively and contribute both offensively and defensively would prove vital in shaping the outcome of the game.

Leading the charge in the attacking front were Opeyemi Michael, Musa Hassan, and Oluwatobi Dahunsi. Their combination of speed, skill, and goal-scoring prowess posed a constant threat to the opposition’s defense. With their attacking instincts and precise finishing, they aimed to find the back of the net and secure a crucial lead for their team.

What happened?

As the match unfolded, both sides displayed their determination to seize control and dominate proceedings. However, the early exchanges saw both teams struggle to find their rhythm, with no significant threats materializing in the opening minutes. The game remained finely poised, waiting for a moment of brilliance or a lapse in concentration that could tip the scales in either team’s favor.

In the 13th minute, a heart-stopping moment unfolded as Tope Otaki made a critical error with a back pass. His momentary lapse allowed an opponent to pounce, with the ball deflecting dangerously towards the goal. Yet, showcasing his resilience and reflexes, Tope Otaki redeemed himself with a fantastic save, denying the opposition a goal and preserving the team’s clean sheet.

The breakthrough came in the 15th minute, courtesy of Opeyemi Michael, who showcased his penchant for scoring against his former club. Musa Hassan initiated the attack, displaying his vision and playmaking abilities by setting up Opeyemi, who unleashed a one-time finish that soared above the goalkeeper and nestled into the roof of the net. The stadium erupted in jubilation as the Lions claimed a well-deserved 1-0 lead.


Maintaining the advantage, the team faced waves of pressure from the opponents, who were determined to mount a comeback. Our defensive line, displaying resilience and tactical discipline, withstood the barrage of attacks, frustrating the opposition’s attempts to find a way back into the game.

As the match progressed, the physicality intensified, resulting in Taiwo Ogunleye receiving a yellow card in the 27th minute for a rough challenge. The referee’s decision added fuel to the already intense encounter, further spurring the players’ determination to leave their mark on the game.

In the 29th minute, a golden opportunity presented itself to extend the lead. Opeyemi Michael orchestrated a brilliant play, setting up Tobi Dahunsi for a strike. Although the goalkeeper made a remarkable save, Musa Hassan, unfortunately, failed to convert the rebound, soaring his effort over the crossbar. It was a missed opportunity to solidify the team’s dominance and establish a two-goal cushion.

In the 40th minute, Opeyemi Michael came close to extending our lead but narrowly missed the target from a free kick on the edge of the box. The first half ended with Melody Terdoo being booked and WonderXchange FC leading 1-0.

The interval provided a brief respite and an opportunity for the teams to regroup, reassess their strategies, and make any necessary adjustments

The second half began with renewed intensity, as both teams aimed to seize the initiative and tip the scales in their favor. The Lions exhibited their attacking prowess, fashioning two quick chances to double their lead. However, the goalkeeper’s heroics denied Opeyemi’s well-placed effort, while Musa’s subsequent attempt narrowly missed the target, leaving the scoreline unchanged.

In the 55th minute, the gaffer ‘Olayiwola Michael’ made a substitution, introducing Godspower Ikechukwu into the game in place of Ayomide Abidoye. The alteration aimed to inject fresh impetus into the team, maintain a high level of performance, and solidify their advantage.

As the game progressed beyond the hour mark, Musa Hassan embarked on a brilliant run down the left side, showcasing his skill and pace. Unfortunately, his powerful strike ricocheted off the crossbar, denying him the opportunity to extend the team’s lead. With 62 minutes played, we still held on to our slender advantage, hoping to secure the victory.

However, the match took an unexpected turn when the referee awarded a penalty to the opponents, despite the foul occurring clearly outside the box. The controversial decision incited disbelief and frustration among the players, coaching staff, and fans alike. Nevertheless, the opposition converted the penalty, leveling the scoreline at 1-1, much to the disappointment of the Lions.

With minutes ticking away, the tension remained high. In the 90th minute, Oluwaseun Jaiyeola came on for Musa Hassan as the team sought fresh legs to turn the tide. As the match approached its conclusion, Miracle Edwin had a golden chance to snatch a late winner from a rebound, but his shot agonizingly miss the target.

Ultimately, the match ended in a 1-1 draw, overshadowed by the referee’s controversial decision to award a penalty for what should have been a free kick. Despite the disappointment, the team’s hard work and effort were evident throughout the game.

Wonderxchange (4-3-3): Tope, Sunday, Bonny, Miracle, Tomisin, Taiwo(Femi O 79), Melody, Ayomide(Godspower 55), Musa(Oluwaseun 90), Oluwatobi, Opeyemi(Lekan A 90)

Unused subs: Peter, Mathias, Osasu, Peter A.

Goalscorer: Opeyemi Michael 15′

Assist: Musa Hassan 15′

Booked: Taiwo Ogunleye 27′ , Melody Terdoo 45′