The 2018 Season of the Higher Institutions Football League in all its awesomeness was filled with exciting and beautiful moments that didn’t just bring in the wow factor but also melted hearts.
Here are our top 10 favorite moments from the 2018 Season of the league.
PACE and NUGA MOU Signing
The signing of the HiSL MOU between PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing and the Nigerian University Games association was the needed spark that lit the fire of the maiden edition of Higher Institutions Football League.
The 2018 Season official kick off at the UNILAG Sports Centre
The UNILAG Sports Centre hosted the Star match between the UNILAG Marines and the UNIBEN Royals. It was a moment of bliss as the students trooped out in masses to witness the star match of the season.
Fans excitements at goals scored
What is a football match without the cheers and uproars of fans at goals scored and missed? This was the case at the HiFL Matches as the fans held nothing to the imagination with their excitement and cheers as their schools scored goals. Those happy moments were priceless and would always be remembered.
OAU Students' takeover of the UI pitch in celebration of their win over the host school
The away match factor did not deter the students of Obafemi Awolowo University from celebrating their school’s victory against the UI Pioneers during the first leg of the preliminaries. They took over the pitch of the Pioneers in celebration of their away victory which gave them a winning edge against their host. They couldn’t have celebrated it any better…
The excitement and support showed by children during the games
Despite the league being for university students, the young ones held nothing to the imagination as they attended games with so much excitement and support for their favorite brothers and uncles.
The VC of OAU’s call to the captain of the Giants just before the kickoff of their match against the UNIBEN Royals
The Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University held nothing back in supporting and cheering his boys to victory during and after the matches. However, the call he made to the captain of the Giants just before the kickoff of their away match against the UNIBEN Royals was a moment that melted hearts.
Sani Bilyaminu of UNIPORT Sharks Mother and Sisters’ support at the game
It Was indeed beyond football at the main bowl of the UNIPORT stadium as talented Bilyaminu of the Uniport Shark dripped with love as he posed for a picture with his mother and sisters after winning the man of the match.
Super Eagles player, Shehu Abdullahi attended the match between the UDU Sultans vs BUK Stallions
Just as the Sultans of UDU were about to slug it out with the Stallions of BUK, the Super Eagle Player, Shehu Abdullahi arrived at the stadium. It was a moment of glee for the students especially for the players who look up to him to have him encourage them right before the kick off of the game.
UAM Tillers Won the final match defeating the UNICAL Malabites
The match that sealed the deal! The moment the UAM Tillers scored 5 goals against the UNICAL Malabites 4 goals in a penalty shootout was the seal that was needed to earn them the spot as the winners of the maiden edition of the league. The atmosphere was full of bliss as the winners could not hide their excitement over being the champions of the season.
The 2018 Elite 11 [Team of the Season] were awarded
There would have been no better way to end the 2018 season other than celebrating the players who displayed exceptional ability in the field of play. The Elite 11 team consisted of the best 11 players of the season.