The HiFL 2019 season kicks off with 32 schools aiming for the champion's cup. Some are pioneers in the game while some are newbies. Here’s a quick look at the 32 teams.
The Champs are here!
The indomitable tillers of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi have cemented their status as the kings of collegiate football by winning the maiden edition of the league in addition to their gold medal from the last NUGA games.
The Tillers never failed to bring their best foot to their games as they lost only one game en route to the title. The win got them an automatic pass into the 2019 Round of 16, therefore not partaking in the Qualifiers and the Group Stage.
Would they be able to hold onto the much coveted trophy or lose it? Only time would tell, but for now, celebrate the Champs!
Itching for Revenge
The Malabites definitely gave the champions a run for the trophy at the finals, they however lost the match to a 5:4 penalty shootout thus settling for second.
Representing the University of Calabar, the Malabites automatically earned a spot at the 2019 season of the League.
The team promised to give a better fight this year to win the champion's trophy. Will they keep to their promise?
With Something to Prove
The OAU Giants and the UNILORIN Warriors definitely left a mark in the 2018 Season. Both teams had a good play at the maiden season as they won the 3rd and 4th place respectively.
The other half of the 2018 season’s Super 4 are pumped up to prove themselves deserving of going one better than last year by winning the whole thing.
The old Guards
After an amazing experience in the maiden edition of the league, some of the old guards would be looking to go one better than mere participation by lifting the coveted title.
For these teams, the mission is clear; infiltrate the Super 4 this year or simply win the whole thing. Indeed, it promises to unfold intriguingly and we can’t wait!
Mission 1: Qualify for the 2019 season ✓
For the new kids on the block, their new mission if they choose to accept it is crystal: show observers and fans alike that they deserve to hang in with the big boys in the hunt for the trophy. While not possessing the pedigree or credentials of some of their more illustrious competitors, these ‘upstarts’ are raring to go and the league is only better for it.
Truly, 2019 shapes up to be bigger, bolder and better!