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HiFL 2021: UNN win, UNILAG held in q’final fixtures

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Quarter-final games in the ongoing Higher Institutions Football League kicked off to an interesting start with games across four centres in the country.

In Lagos, UNILAG Marines played a goalless draw with AAUA Luminaries from Akungba at the Lagos State University Sports Complex. Luminaries goalkeeper Isaac Phillip put up a superlative performance to halt strikers Onitolo Jamiu and Salau Opeyemi of the Marines.

The visitors then had a goal ruled out for offside in the 60th minute while Opeyemi hit Philip’s upright late in the second half.

Luminaries’ Abdul-Khalil Nurudeen was voted as the StanbicIBTC Man-of-the-Match.

In Enugu, UNN Lions defeated UNIBEN Royals 2-0 at the University of Nigeria Sports Complex courtesy of a brace from StanbicIBTC Man-of-the-Match, Anichebe Elvis. The forward was on target in the 37th and 52nd minutes. The high scoring Royals, who knocked out champions UNICAL Malabites, were pegged back by the hosts resolute defence.

Also in Markurdi, 2018 champions UAM Tillers managed a 1-0 win over UNIMAID Desert Warriors with Aogo Okwupa grabbing the match winner in the 84th minute. The Priscilla Vande-led Tillers laboured to break a determined defence line of the Desert Warriors, who ended the Round of 16 as the highest-scoring team.

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In his reaction, Chief Strategy Officers, Pace Sports, Goodness Onyejiaku, expressed delight at the level of sportsmanship among the teams, while also appreciating the sponsors for their commitment to youth development in Nigeria.

HiFL is organised by Pace Sports and the Nigeria University Games Association, and supported by StanbicIBTC, Nivea Men, Bold and Minimie.

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