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BUK Stallions, LASU Blazers, UNN Lions, KSU Steelers qualify for quarterfinals

Bayero University, Kano (BUK) Stallions, have knocked out defending champions of the Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL), UNIMAID Desert Warriors from this year’s competition.

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Bayero University, Kano (BUK) Stallions, have knocked out defending champions of the Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL), UNIMAID Desert Warriors from this year’s competition.

In a pulsating match played in Kano, the Stallions frustrated all attempts made by the Desert Warriors to score a goal. It would be recalled that the first leg ended 1-1 in Maiduguri, a score line that enabled the Stallions to qualify on the away goals rule.  

Speaking after the match, BUK Stallions’ Coach Ibrahim Isiyaku Ibrahim, praised his boys for playing to instructions.

“From the first leg, I noticed that they have good wingers, who can dribble and make crosses. So, I instructed my fullbacks to block them effectively, while we wore them out in the midfield. We ensured that they were stifled in the midfield and also made going through the wings difficult for them,” Coach Ibrahim said.  

In Lagos, AAUA Luminaries from Adekunle Ajasin University could not overturn their 2-0 home loss against LASU Blazers as they lost by 2-1.

The Akungba Boys showed determination and dominated the first half, but they failed to make it count as the half ended 0-0.  

They started from where they stopped in the first half and got the opening goal in the 47th minute through Samuel Oyetola. The goal served as a wake-up call for the Blazers, who had to take on more attacking options from their defensive tactics. The change paid off in the 55th minute when Daniel Odufejo capitalised on a mistake from the Luminaries goalkeeper after a corner kick to head in the equaliser.    

The match was eventually settled with a second goal from the Blazers in the 86th minute.

In other games, UNN Lions from Nsukka played a goalless draw in Port Harcourt to oust UNIPORT Sharks and qualified on a 4-2 goals aggregate. KSU Steelers from Kogi State University defeated FUTMINNA Transformers 1-0 and qualified for the quarterfinals for the first time on a 3-2 goals aggregate.