HIFL unveils teams Jersey for the University League and fixtures

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Model exhibiting the UnilagMarine jersey
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Model exhibiting the UnilagMarine jersey

16 Tertiary institutions in the country will be participating in  the forthcoming Higher Institution Football League (HIFL) billed to start in July. League participants are drawn from from the first and second generation universities.

Addressing the audience at the Jersey Unveiling and draws ceremony that held on Friday, 20th July 2018 at the Federal Palace Hotel, the Technical Partner of the Project and chief Executive officer of Green White Green outfit, Alhaji Shaibu Gara Gombe elaborated on the selection criteria for the league.

The first and second generation university were automatic qualifiers and  the top three medalist in the football event at the 2017 NUGA games that held at in Makurdi, Benue State. Furthermore, Alhaji Shuaibu Gara-Gombe noted that Delta State University who was fourth in the Nuga games was selected to replace the bronze medalist, University of Ilorin who had earlier been selected.

The head of marketing and Strategy of Pace Sports explained that the league has been divided into four zones; Coastal A, Sahel A, Coastal B, Sahel B consisting of four universities each The winner of each of the zone will qualify to play in the national semi final and final event.

Amongst the participating universities include University of Lagos, University of Ibadan, University of Benin, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Ilorin, Usman dan fodio University, University of Maiduguri, Abubakar Tafawa University, Bayero University.

Others include University of Calabar, Delta State University, University of Calabar, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and University of Port-Harcourt.

A total of 30 matches will be played in the competition billed to take place between July 28 and October 27, 2018 in eight zones for 14 weeks.

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Jersey Model in photoshoot with NUGA and NUC representative

The Nigeria University Games Association (NUGA) and the Nigeria University Commission (NUC) in conjunction withthe  Pace Sports Entertainment Limited is staging the football competition for universities registered with NUGA. Both parties recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Lagos to kick-start the competition tagged Higher Institution Football League (HIFL)

The Technical Partner of the Project and chief Executive officer of Green White Green outfit, Alhaji Shuaibu Gara-Gombe, said the league will fill the miss link in the football develop structure in Nigeria. He further noted that past effort to begin similar project had failed and this time deliberate effort had been made to ensure the league does not experience the same faith and that the encouragement and responses received from higher institutions across the country have been overwhelming.

Amongst the dignitaries at the event included representatives of NUGA, NUC and ex Super Eagles players Friday Elaho and Daniel Igali. Others include representatives of Stanbic IBTC Bank and Indomie Noodles sponsors of the league

List of Teams and Name

  1. University of lagos – Unilag Marines.
  2. University of Ibadan- UI Pioneers.
  3. University of Benin- Uniben Royals.
  4. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- ife – OAUGaints
  5. Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto – UDU Sulatans.
  6. Univeristy of Illorin- Ilorin Warriors
  7. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria – ABU Nobles
  8. Bayero University, Kano – BUK Stallions.
  9. Abubakar Tafawa Belewa University – ATBU Braveheart.
  10. University of Jos – Unijos highlanders
  11. University of Agriculture, Makurdi – UAM Tillers
  12. University of Maiduguri – Unimaid Desert-Warriors.
  13. University of Port-Harcourt – Uniport Sharks.
  14. University of Calabar – Unical Malabites
  15. University of Nigeria, Nsukka – UNNLions
  16. Delta state University – Delsu Titnas
DateConference/ZoneMatch
1st August 2018Sahel ABUK STALLIONS Vs UDU SULTANS
1st August 2018Coastal AUNILAG MARINES Vs UNIBEN ROYALS
1st August 2018Coastal BUNN LIONS Vs UNICAL MALABITES
1st August 2018Sahel BATBU BRAVEHEARTS Vs UNIJOS HIGHLANDERS
8th August 2018Sahel AILORIN WARRIORS Vs ABU NOBLES
8th August 2018Sahel BUNIMAID_DW Vs UAM TILLERS
8th August 2018Coastal AUI PIONEERS Vs OAU GIANTS
8th August 2018Coastal BUNIPORT SHARKS VS DELSU TITANS
15th August 2018 Coastal AUNIBEN ROYALS Vs UNILAG MARINES
15th August 2018Sahel AUDU SULTANS Vs BUK STALLIONS
15th August 2018Coastal BUNICAL MALABITES Vs UNN LIONS
15th August 2018Sahel BUNIJOS HIGHLANDERS Vs ATBU BRAVEHEARTS
22nd August 2018Sahel AABU NOBLES Vs UNILORIN WARRIORS
22nd August 2018Coastal BDELSU TITANS Vs UNIPORT SHARKS
22nd August 2018Coastal AOAU GIANTS Vs UI PIONEERS
22nd August 2018Sahel BUAM TILLERS Vs UNIMAID_ DW

 

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