The final of the 2021 edition of the Higher Institutions Football League, HiFL, has been scheduled to take place on October 9, at the Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos with the two finalists, UNIMAID Desert Warriors, and AAUA Luminaries, slugging it out for the right to the trophy.
UNIMAID Desert Warriors of the University of Maiduguri heads into the finals as the highest-scoring team from the Round of 16 with 11 goals with Adekunle Ajasin University's AAUA Luminaries, the first state-owned university to qualify for the Super Four and to play in the final of HiFL since 2018.
The Luminaries are the lowest scoring side, having scored three goals from the Round of 16.
The four teams in the 2021 Super 4 have scored 24 goals among them from the round of 16 with Suleiman Saleh of the UNIMAID Desert Warriors topping the scorers log with four goals.
Speaking ahead of this weekend finale, the managing director of Beiersdorf in Nigeria, Godwin Harrison, described this year’s edition of the collegiate football league as fantastic, saying the dedication and determination of the players to succeed in the round leather game align with the company goal of connecting.
“Nivea Men is happy to witness these fantastic displays from our youths riding on the platform of the Higher Institution Football League,” Harrison stated. “The dedication and determination of these players to succeed in their games align with our goal of connecting with Nigerian youths and providing them with platforms to express themselves while they also study. As we look forward to the Super Four games, we congratulate the teams that will play in the finals.”
On his part, the chief strategy officer of PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited, Goodness Onyejiaku, commended the sponsors for using the HiFL brand to provide opportunities for Nigerian youths.
“Our sponsors including StanbicIBTC, Nivea Men, Bold, and Minimie have demonstrated corporate responsibility by their association with the HiFL brand to connect and provide opportunities for Nigerian youths to develop their talents even while they study. It can only get better as we all look forward to an interesting final,” Onyejiaku said.