The 2022 edition of the Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL) Season is getting more exciting as the tournament enters the Round of Sixteen with high-tensed fixtures.
HiFL maiden champions UAM Tillers from the University of Agriculture, Makurdi will tackle the winners of the Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) football season, Uniilorin Warriors
Second placeholders at the 2021 HiFL season, AAUA Luminaries of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba have been drawn against the LASU Blazers of the Lagos State University.
At a draw held in Lagos, the teams were grouped into four pots for logistical reasons that will ease their movement to honour their games which are scheduled to hold between July and September 2022. The organisers also unveiled the new team jerseys to be used from the round of 16 through the finals at the draws event.
Speaking Director, PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited, Sola Fijabi acknowledged the efforts of all participating schools and encouraged them to maintain their sportsmanlike conduct as the games go on.
“We are now at a very exciting stage of the league. What was witnessed during the qualifiers was the tip of the iceberg. The schools are ready and what we assured lovers of collegiate sports is double excitement. We appreciate the support of NUGA and our sponsors including StanbicIBTC, BOLD and the Lagos State Internal Revenue Services (LIRS) as we strive to deliver value to all our stakeholders” Fijabi said.
Manager Brand, Events and Sponsorship, StanbicIBTC Oyelakin Omolewu said “we are very proud to be in partnership with HiFL to promote sports activities in the country. Today’s draws are fair and open and we expect to watch some exciting games”
Group Marketing Director, Jotna Nigeria (the Lacasera Company) Emmanuel Agu expressed satisfaction with the professionalism in organising the draws. “HiFL is very much organised and what we see here is an outcome of professional planning and I am quite excited to see the outcomes.”
In her comment, Brand Manager, Indomie Relish, Jumoke Aremu, said the brand is glad to support HiFL and any other activity that has to do with talent development in Nigeria. “We are happy to be part of all the games and we will be glad to let everyone know that Indomie is here to stay”.
In the other draws, the Sahel zone matches will feature, the defending champions, Unimaid Desert Warriors logging it out with BUK Stallions; FUTMINNA Transformers against KSU Steelers, and KASU Crocs against ATBU Bravehearts. While the Coaster Zone will have UNN Lions against Uniport Sharks; DELSU Titans against IAUE Minders while EKSU Mountaineers battle FUOYE Dazzlers.
In his reaction, the President of the Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) Mr Emeka Ogbu said: “We are going to give our support more than ever before in every aspect as required to ensure the universities’ participating teams are loyal to the rule of the games.”
Matches in the round of 16 will commence in July and run through September when the final four teams will play in a Super Four tournament scheduled for Lagos. UNIMAID Desert Warriors from the University of Maiduguri are the defending champions of the league.