Wonderxchange FC kicked off their league campaign with a hard-earned victory over Saint FC in an intense encounter. Captain Sunday Emmanuel led the team, while Taiwo Ogunleye and Godspower Ikechukwu made their full National League One debuts. Additionally, Chinedu Okorie made a return to the squad.

The Selection

The gaffer had a fully fit squad at his disposal, with no injuries affecting the U-19 squad members. Tope Otaki, in excellent form, took his place in goal, supported by Tomisin Ayodeji at left back and Miracle Edwin at right back. The central defensive partnership of Sunday Emmanuel and Bonny Akingbade remained resolute. In midfield, the energetic Taiwo Ogunleye and the promising Godspower Ikechukwu, both making their league debuts, provided stability. Melody Terdoo operated in the attacking midfield role, while Musa Hassan, Opeyemi Michael, and Chinedu Okorie formed the attacking trio.

What happened

The match started with the Lions creating two quick chances. However, the goalkeeper managed to punch away Godspower’s strong cross, and Melody’s shot was deflected for a corner kick. Saint FC had a momentary celebration when they found the net, but the assistant referee’s flag was raised for offside, providing relief to Wonderxchange FC.

Bonny had an opportunity to give the Lions the lead from a cross by Melody, but he sent his effort over the bar. Despite end-to-end action, neither team managed to break the deadlock. Tope Otaki came to the rescue with two consecutive saves, denying the opponents a lead.


Finally, in the 36th minute, a brilliant finish by Opeyemi Michael put Wonderxchange FC in the lead. Miracle Edwin provided a precise assist, sending a pinpoint pass to Opeyemi, who made a clever run, rounded the goalkeeper, and calmly slotted the ball home from a tight angle.

As the first half came to a close, the score remained Wonderxchange FC 1 – Saint FC 0, with Opeyemi’s strike separating the two sides at the interval.

In the second half, Wonderxchange FC had a chance to double their lead as Opeyemi aimed for a brace, but his left-footed strike lacked the power to beat the defense. The team was unfortunate not to be awarded a clear penalty after Opeyemi skillfully evaded two defenders but was brought down.

Musa Hassan received a booking for a foul in the 65th minute, leading to Wonderxchange FC making their first substitution. Oluwatobi Dahunsi came on for Musa Hassan. However, the team suffered a setback as Taiwo Ogunleye limped off injured, resulting in Femi Olofinjana replacing him. The match became even more intense, with one of the assistant coaches being sent off due to a touchline brawl.

The opponent fought hard to get back into the game, but Wonderxchange FC’s resolute defense held firm. In the 88th minute, Opeyemi Michael made way for Lekan Arifayan as a substitution was made which happened to be the last significant action of the game.

When the final whistle blew, Wonderxchange FC emerged victorious, a hard-earned winning start to their league campaign. Opeyemi Michael’s goal in the 36th minute, assisted by Miracle Edwin, proved to be the decisive moment of the match but there are bigger challenges ahead for the Lions in the coming days.

Man of the Match

In a stellar performance, Wonderxchange FC’s forward, Opeyemi Michael, was named the Man of the Match in their season opener against Saint FC. Opeyemi’s clinical finish in the 36th minute secured the winning goal and showcased his impressive goal-scoring ability. His intelligent movement, teamwork, and defensive contributions made him an invaluable asset to the team. Opeyemi’s outstanding performance sets the stage for an exciting season ahead for Wonderxchange FC.

Miracle Edwin Impresses

Wonderxchange FC’s fullback, Miracle Edwin, put on a remarkable display also. Miracle’s precise assist played a crucial role in Opeyemi Michael’s winning goal in the 36th minute. His vision, technical prowess, and ability to create scoring opportunities made him a standout performer on the pitch.

Promising Debuts for Young Talents

Wonderxchange FC’s young talents, Taiwo Ogunleye and Godspower Ikechukwu, made an impressive mark in their full NLO debut. These promising players showcased their potential and left a lasting impression in the team’s season opener.

Taiwo Ogunleye displayed energy and determination in the defensive midfield position, making significant contributions before an unfortunate injury forced him to be substituted. Despite the setback, Taiwo’s performance demonstrated his defensive prowess and hinted at a promising future.

Godspower Ikechukwu, also making his full NLO debut, displayed confidence and composure on the field. His presence in the midfield added stability and support to the team’s overall gameplay, making him a valuable asset.

With their impressive performances, Taiwo Ogunleye and Godspower Ikechukwu have set a strong foundation for their future contributions to the team which fans will be hoping to see.

What it means

The Lions have kicked off their campaign in a perfect manner with a well-deserved victory. This win marks the second time in the last three seasons that they have emerged victorious in their opening game.

Agbana Wonderful’s 2-1 win over Choice FC means the Lions level on points with them after matchday 1. However, due to goal difference, the Lions currently occupy the second position on the table.

This promising start sets a positive tone for the season ahead, showcasing the team’s determination and potential for success.


Wonderxchange (4-3-3): Tope, Sunday, Bonny, Miracle, Tomisin, Taiwo (Femi O. 82), Melody, Godspower, Musa (Oluwatobi 69′), Chinedu, Opeyemi (Lekan A. 90′)

Unused subs: Peter, Mathias, Osasu, Peter A, Oluwaseun, Ayomide

Goalscorer: Opeyemi Michael 36′

Assist: Miracle Edwin 36′

Booked: Musa Hassan 65′