Following the outstanding performance of UAM Tillers team at the 2018 edition of the Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL®) in 2018, the management of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi has approved the award of Scholarships to the contingent of players as a reward for emerging champions of the maiden edition of the collegiate football tournament.
Confirming the recognition, Chairman Sports Council, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, (Prof. S. G. Solomon) described the reward as well deserved and a proof of the University’s appreciation of the dedication and selflessness displayed by the team all through the competition.
“The boys gave a good account of themselves on and off the pitch to secure victory in the league and we are proud of them, as an appreciative and responsible school management, we have chosen to reward them with scholarships to enable them better focus on their education while they continue to do the school proud through their footballing passion” He said.
The 2018 edition of the Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL®), ended in grand style with University of Agriculture, Makurdi (UAM) Tillers, defeating University of Calabar, Malabites 5:4 on penalties in Lagos, on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018, to emerge champions of the league’s maiden edition.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Anande Richard Kimbir, while congratulating the students in his speech at the award ceremony, urged them to remain good ambassadors of the university. “Emerging champions of the 2018 HiFL® is no small feat, and the entire University community sincerely appreciate your effort. This reward should motivate you all to do more and most importantly we are confident that you will continue to be good ambassadors, projecting the University in positive light”, he further elaborated.
The 2018 edition of the Higher Institutions Football League, featured top 16 Universities from NUGA-member institutions who competed in over 30 games over a period of 14 weeks in a return leg elimination style, before champions, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, emerged winners at the Agege Stadium Lagos.
HiFL® 2019, promises to be even more exciting, as the organizers have revealed plans to feature 32 schools, with about 80 universities billed to participate in a qualifying round of fixtures.
HiFL®, Nigeria’s foremost varsity football league is organized by PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited in partnership with the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA) and sponsored by Stanbic IBTC.
In other news, Most Valuable Player and Highest Goal Scorer at the 2018 edition of the Higher Institutions football league has completed a move to Nigeria Professional Football League side, Kano Pillars. Ebuka David who emerged as one of the most impressive players at the 2018 edition after scoring 7 goals in the competition to finish as highest goal scorer, will now become the first player, signed to play in the Nigeria Professional Football League after participating in a Higher Institutions Football League Season.