APRIL 23, 2020
RE: LATEST UPDATES FROM THE LEAGUE
We hope you are keeping well and safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone, especially with those who have lost loved ones.
To all decision makers, health professionals and key workers on the frontline, you are heroes. The entire HiFL family stands with you and salutes you all.
As a league, we are fully in support of the lockdown orders by the government (federal and state) in certain areas. This is critical and necessary as we look to flatten the epidemic curve in our fight against the virus. In addition, any return to action will only be with the full backing of the government and expert medical recommendations.
The league had earlier announced the suspension of the start of the season by one (1) month and that fixtures will not return until the ban on academic/footballing activities elapses. However, the kickoff date will remain under constant review and will be announced as soon as it is conclusive. We will continue to monitor developments and work with relevant stakeholders through this very challenging time.
After a thorough and rigorous exercise carried out by the accreditation team, a final list of 29 universities across federal, state and private institutions from an initial 54 schools have been confirmed to participate in the 2020 season. We remain grateful to all interested universities and their handlers for their laudable co-operation.
The full list will be shared across our official digital channels immediately. Please be on the lookout for the groupings and other proceedings, pending the lifting of the bans.
On a final note, we plead with you to keep following the guidance of all relevant health authorities. The safety of all of us depends on each of us.
Only our sincere wishes,
Chief Operating Officer