OAU, UI Clash As HIFL First Round Matches Conclude On Wednesday
It has been an exciting time in the on-going University football league with mouth watering matches.
After the Sallah break festivities, action resumes in the Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL) on Wednesday, as OAU Giants host the UI Pioneers in a highly anticipated return leg fixture at the Obafemi Awolowo University Sports Complex.
The match promises plenty of nail biting excitement going by the thrill of first leg encounter between both teams which ended in an exciting 3-3 draw.
In Zaria, ABU Nobles welcomes Unilorin Warriors to the ABU Stadium, the Nobles will be hoping to overturn a one goal deficit from their first leg lone goal loss to the warriors in Ilorin.
Elsewhere in Kwale, the DELSU Titans will be banking on home support when they slug it out with the Sharks from Uniport in a make or mar duel that will see just one of both teams qualify to the next round.
Rounding off the matches, the UAM Tillers will be hoping to take full advantage of their one goal scored away in Maiduguri, when they host the UNIMAID Dessert warriors at the Aper Aku Stadium after a tough 1:1 encounter in Maiduguri.
Meanwhile, the Higher Institutions Football League has announced that there will be a replay of two of its last return leg fixtures. The matches include Unijos Highlanders vs ATBU Braveheart’s match which held in Jos and the UNICAL Malabites vs UNN Lions match which was held in Calabar a fortnight ago.
Explaining the reason behind the replay, Chairman, Technical Review Committee of HiFL, Alhaji Ahmed Gara Gombe intimated that the rematch became necessary against the backdrop of the inconclusive nature of the two matches in question and revealed that the matches will be played behind closed doors in neutral locations; FCT Abuja and Umudike, Abia State respectively.
The top 16 Universities from NUGA-member institutions are competing in over 30 games over a period of 14 weeks in a return leg elimination style, with the final four billed for the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. The winner of the HiFL will represent Nigeria at the 2019 International University Sports Federation Games in Naples, Italy.
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