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LAUTECH battle FUTMINNA as FUTA Tigers, UNILAG Marines clash

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Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL) round of 16 will kick off today with LAUTECH Hunters tackling FUTMINNA Transformers in Ogbomoso. Across four centres, teams spread across eight universities will hope for favourable score lines that will put them in good standing going into the second leg of the matches.

It would be recalled that LAUTECH Hunters qualified from Group C alongside FUTA Tigers and UNILAG Marines while FUTMINNA Transformers qualified from Group B with ABU Nobles.

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In another week one round of 16 matches, AAUA Luminaries will host OAU Giants in Akungba; UNIBEN Royals will tackle UNICAL Malabites in Benin, while BUK Stallions will slug it out with UNIMAID Desert Warriors in Kano.

Speaking on the matches, the Chief Strategy Officer at PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited, Mr. Goodness Onyejiaku said fans and lovers of football will be thrilled at the talents on display in this year’s edition.

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“We are happy that HiFL has now set some records in the calibre of players the league is producing. Scouts across the country are now paying greater attention to the games in order to identify talents, particularly for students, who have chosen the path of growing a career in football. We sincerely thank our sponsors, including StanbicIBTC, Nivea Men, Minimie and Hiversa for their support. To our partner, the Nigeria University Games Association (NUGA), we are also very pleased,” Goodness said.

In his remark, Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) President, Prof. Stephen Hamafyelto, said, “HiFL is full of surprises and our fans should get set to watch more exciting matches as great talents are emerging this season on our campuses. We thank all our sponsors for believing in this great dream and the participating institutions for their sportsmanship. NUGA and HiFL are fully committed to their mandate of creating sporting opportunities for students in Nigerian universities to excel even as they conveniently marry sports and academies with the support of the University management. We are proud of the successes recorded in this regard.”

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