UNN Lions jostle with AAUA Luminaries for HiFL final ticket
UNN Lions will, today, tackle AAUA Luminaries from Akungba in the first leg of one of the semifinals of the ongoing Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL). The game will hold at the University of Nigeria Sports Complex, Nsukka. The UNN Lions defeated highflying UNIBEN Royals 2-1 on goals aggregate at the quarterfinal stage.
Coach Ike Chijioke of the Lions has promised to maintain the momentum when they meet the Luminaries, saying that his wards “will attempt to do what they love doing best, which is scoring goals.”
Recall that AAUA Luminaries qualified for this stage by defeating UNILAG Marines 1-0 on goals aggregate.
Expressing delight at the level of competition in HiFL, Managing Director, La Casera Company Plc, Chinedum Okereke, said: “Our coming on board HiFL with the bold franchise is not unconnected with the array of opportunities Pace Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited present to the Nigerian youths, especially for the various collegiate football leagues.
“We see it as a bold statement and the right platform to support the talent nurturing of our younger generation. We believe this will go a long way to help them in their future sporting careers.”
Meanwhile, UNIMAID Desert Warriors from the University of Maiduguri will tackle FUTMinna Transformers in Maiduguri as they also attempt to qualify for the finals for the first time.
UNIMAID Desert Warriors qualified for the semifinals by defeating 2018 champions, UAM Tillers, 3-1 on goals aggregate.
The Desert Warriors also ended as the highest scoring team in the round of 16 in their quest for the HiFL Trophy.
HiFL is organised by Pace Sports and Entertainment Marketing in collaboration with the Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA).