Round of 16 finalists excite NUGA President
President of the Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) Prof. Stephen Hamafyelto has expressed optimism that lovers of collegiate football in Nigeria are set to witness the best of games with the calibre of Round of 16 finalists.
Organisers Pace Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited (PSEM) in conjunction with NUGA have released the final list of the sixteen teams that will jostle for honours in the next stage of the 2021 HiFL league season.
It would be recalled that the last set of qualifying matches for this stage took place over the weekend across five zones involving 25 teams that made it to the group stage for the qualifiers.
“HiFL presents a great opportunity for Nigerian youths to express themselves and excel in sports as a career equal to their academic pursuits, “Hamafyelto said.“ We appreciate the organization put in place by our member institutions because the news across the centres is very encouraging.
“We appreciate the participating schools for their sportsmanship and encourage everyone to just enjoy the spectacle” Hamafyelto added.
The teams in the round of 16 are from the University of Calabar, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, University of Ilorin and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Others include Kogi State University, Anyigba, University of Maiduguri, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho.
There are also Federal University of Technology, Akure, University of Benin, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt,University of Lagos and Bayero University, Kano.
PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited in 2018 incorporated the Higher Institution Football League (HiFL). UAM Tillers won the maiden edition while UNICAL Malabites won the 2019 season.
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