Wonderxchange FC faced off against Elite FC in the third match of the Sasere Franklin tournament, and despite their best efforts, the game ended in a 0-0 draw. Both teams displayed their prowess on the field, showcasing a thrilling encounter that kept the fans on the edge of their seats.

The Selection

The anticipation was palpable as Wonderxchange took to the field with a reshuffled starting lineup for their decisive clash against Elite FC. Coach Michael Olayiwola’s decision to make seven changes demonstrated his commitment to squad depth and strategic planning. With only four players retaining their starting positions from the previous match, all eyes were on the new faces who had the opportunity to shine.

In goal, Emmanuel Yakubu replaced Tope Otaki, ready to showcase his shot-stopping abilities and provide a solid presence between the posts. The defense saw the pairing of Lekan Ajeyomi, the team’s captain, and Osasu Sunday, forming a formidable center-back partnership. Their combined defensive skills and leadership qualities aimed to thwart Elite FC’s attacking threats.

The midfield welcomed the inclusion of Victor Emelike, whose creative flair and ball control promised to ignite Wonderxchange’s attacking play. Omotayo Ayodele’s blistering pace on the flanks added an extra dimension to the team’s offensive options, while Haruna Yusuf’s ability to dictate play from the center brought a sense of control and composure.

Upfront, the trio of Opeyemi Michael, Oluwatobi Dahunsi, and Musa Hassan aimed to make their mark on the match. With their individual skill sets and goal-scoring prowess, they posed a significant threat to Elite FC’s defense. Their movements and interplay promised to keep the opposition’s backline on their toes throughout the game.

Wonderxchange Starting XI vs Elite


On the bench, a talented pool of reserves awaited their chance to make an impact. Peter Igbehin, Miracle Edwin, Tomisin Ayodeji, Seun Ojo, Femi Olofinjana, Lekan Arifayan, and Amaechi Sunday were ready to be called upon, showcasing the depth and tactical flexibility at Coach Olayiwola’s disposal.

The 4-3-3 formation chosen by Michael Olayiwola emphasized their attacking mindset while ensuring defensive stability. The team’s focus was on breaking down Elite FC’s defense and maintaining control of the game through swift transitions and intelligent positioning. With a blend of experience, fresh faces, and strategic adjustments, Wonderxchange was poised for an enthralling battle against their formidable opponents.

The Kickoff and Early Chances

The match kicked off with Elite FC getting the proceedings underway. The game started at a frantic pace, with both teams eager to seize control. In the 17th minute, Haruna Yusuf unleashed a rocket shot from distance, but unfortunately, it sailed over the crossbar. Shortly after, Ayodele Omotayo had an opportunity to give Wonderxchange the lead but failed to convert.

First Booking and Narrow Misses

In the 22nd minute, Lekan Ajeyomi was booked for a foul, displaying the intensity of the match. As the game progressed, Elite FC began mounting pressure and finding their rhythm. In the 25th minute, Opeyemi Michael struck a fierce shot that narrowly missed the target. The Lions were becoming increasingly dominant, keeping the pressure on their opponents.

The Lions’ Dominance

Despite their dominance, Wonderxchange could not find the breakthrough. The Lions continued to press for an opener, creating several scoring opportunities. The first half ended with the scoreline locked at 0-0, reflecting the tightly contested nature of the match.


Second Half Action

The second half began with a forced substitution for WonderXchange. In the 57th minute, Oluwatobi Dahunsi had to be replaced due to an injury, making way for Lekan Arifayan. As the game progressed, Haruna Yusuf excelled in the midfield, controlling the play and dictating the tempo for Wonderxchange.

Further Substitution and Resolute Defending

In the 65th minute, Femi Olofinjana was brought on for Abednego Lewey, aiming to provide fresh impetus for WonderXchange’s attack. As the clock ticked away, Victor Emelike displayed his defensive prowess, making timely interventions and tackles to deny Elite FC. Opeyemi Michael came close to breaking the deadlock with a fine attempt, but luck was not on his side.


Full-Time Result

After a grueling 90 minutes, the match ended with a 0-0 scoreline. Both WonderXchange FC and Elite FC shared the spoils, leaving the fans eagerly anticipating the upcoming semifinals scheduled for next Friday. The performance from both teams showcased their determination and skill, promising an exciting conclusion to the Sasere Franklin tournament.

What’s Next: Semifinal Opponent Awaits

With the group stage concluded and the semifinals on the horizon, the Lions can reflect on their performances in the tournament thus far. Their resilience, teamwork, and unwavering spirit have propelled them to this stage, and they are eager to make their mark in the upcoming matches. The stage is set for an exhilarating semifinal clash next Friday, where Wonderxchange will aim to showcase their prowess and advance towards ultimate glory. The Lions will have to wait till the last round of matches in Group A are completed on Thursday before finding out the opponent in the semis.

Wonderxchange (4-3-3): Emmanuel, Lekan (c), Victor, Osasu, Omolade, Haruna, Omotayo, Abednego(Femi O 65), Musa, Oluwatobi (Lekan A 57), Opeyemi.

Unused subs: Peter, Miracle, Seun, Amaechi, Tomisin.

Booked: Lekan 22′, Osasu 75′