The Much anticipated second edition of the Higher Institutions Football League will commence in an undisclosed date in March with the qualifying rounds, which will involve over seventy universities, who are members of NUGA .This was disclosed at the International Press Conference of Higher Institutions Football League at the Sheraton Hotel in Ikeja.
The Group stage will start in April after applications from the intended Universities are properly processed. During the period of the league, which will be between April and August, The Higher Institutions Football League Nigerian team made up of the best players from the 2018 season will be taken to Naples, Italy, to participate in the World University Games (FISU).
The Director, PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Mr. Sola Fijabi in his opening remarks said that all is now set for a bigger, better and more exciting 2019 HiFL season, building on the successes recorded in the first season.
“The 2019 season promises so much excitement. We are accommodating more schools and expanding engagements across board. We have concluded plans to take the Nigerian team made up of the best players from the 2018 season to Naples, Italy for the World University Games (FISU). We are proud of the role the league is playing in enhancing youth development in Nigeria. Already, two of the outstanding talents from the 2018 season are on the books of professional football teams in Nigeria. Our objective is to place collegiate sports in Nigeria on the same pedestal as their counterparts in other countries and build a strong ecosystem of young, home-grown football talents that may become invaluable for future national engagement” Mr. Fijabi further remarked.
Last season , The UAM Tillers from the University of Agriculture, Makurdi won the maiden edition of the league after defeating the UNICAL Malabites from the University of Calabar 5-4 on penalties at the final played at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.