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UAM Tillers, UNILORIN warriors qualify for HiFL quarterfinals  

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The quarterfinals cast for this year’s Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL) is ready following the completion of the last round of 16 games.

Winner of the maiden edition of the league, UAM Tillers, are the latest team to pick their quarterfinal ticket after defeating ABU Nobles on a 4-2 goals aggregate.  

The Tillers needed a 93rd minute goal from Joseph Clement to seal the win as a second goal from the Nobles in Makurdi would have pushed the game into an extra time.  

In Ilorin, UNILORIN Warriors wrapped their qualification to the quarterfinals when they defeated KSU Steelers by a lone goal scored by Fashanu Michael in the 78th minute. An extra-time was almost looming at the centre before Fashanu, who also scored the equaliser in Kogi, capitalized on a counterattack following KSU Steelers failed attempt at goal.  

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In an oriental derby, the game between UNN Lions and the IAUE Minders in Enugu ended 1-0 in favour of the Lions. The Minders, who were playing away, put up strong resistance but could not foil the Lions’ attack, led by Ifeanyi Alex, who scored the winning goal in the 60th minute. In Lagos, the UNILAG Marines qualified with a 3-0 aggregate win over the FUTA Tigers.  

Speaking on the quarterfinals, Chief Strategy Officer at Pace Sports, Mr. Goodness Onyejiaku, acknowledged sponsors and partners’ support that have continued to give Nigerian youths greater opportunities to excel in both academics and other recreational activities.

“For instance, most players look forward to becoming the StanbicIBTC Man-of-the-Match. Other sponsors like Nivea Men, Minimie and Bold also regularly provide good incentives that have served as motivations for all the teams that are participating in the league.

“Generally, we have enjoyed an atmosphere of games played in a very friendly manner with fantastic support from the school authorities. We hope to maintain this spirit of sportsmanship as long as we can,” Onyejiaku said.  

Meanwhile, in the quarterfinals, UNILAG Marines will square-up against the AAUA Luminaries from the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba. UNIBEN Royals would attempt to escape the roars of UNN Lions, highest scoring team in the round of 16, UNIMAID Desert Warriors, will attempt to oust UAM Tillers from playing in the Super Four for the first time since 2018, while a North Central derby will see UNILORIN Warriors tackle FUTMINNA Transformers.  

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