The maiden Higher Institutions Football League scheduled to hold across university campuses in Nigeria has been scheduled to begin on July 28.
President of the Nigerian University Games Association Stephen Hamafyelto said in a statement that the competition would throw up interesting fixtures.
“We are happy we are finally kicking off the games. At the end of this maiden edition, we hope to have convinced our sponsors and indeed Nigerians that collegiate sport is ripe in Nigeria. Then, we may be thinking of expanding the fixtures as HIFL is a very good platform to achieve these objectives. With our level of preparation, we are sure of success,” he said.
“HIFL will complement the efforts of NUGA to bring back the good old days of competitive inter-school games with all the excitement therein. Although, we are starting with football, which may be described as the pivot of Nigerian sports, we hope to expand to other sports later. This is firmly in our plans”.
HIFL was launched in February 2018 by PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing in a bid to grow collegiate sports in Nigeria.
Director, PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Sola Fijabi said the league is part of attempts to engender youth development in Nigeria.
He said, “HIFL is a part of the collective effort at youth development in Nigeria. We are prepared for this maiden edition and we are very hopeful that it will have positive impact on sports and education in Nigeria. We hope to place collegiate sports in Nigeria on the same pedestal obtainable in other countries that have recorded successes and built a strong network of young, home-grown football talents.”
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