The HIFL, owned by Pace Sports and Entertainment Marketing (PSEM) in alliance with the National Universities Games Association (NUGA), debuted this year with 16 universities from across the country vying for the coveted trophy and other awards. The final will hold on November 3 at the Agege Stadium Lagos.
Unilorin holds a 1-0 advantage over Unical in one of the HIFL semifinals, which second leg will hold in Calabar next week. The second semifinal will see University of Agriculture Makurdi attempting to overturn its 3-5 deficit against OAU at home.
The competition, according to the organisers, is aimed at giving talented players in Nigerian universities to window to showcase their talents, as well as opening an avenue for students in all the country’s higher institutions to interact and cultivate lasting friendships.
Speaking in his office on Tuesday, Director, PSEM, Sola Fijabi enthused that the competition has thrown up some fantastic players, whose talents would otherwise have been wasted.
He said the competition has “been so wonderful and we are so happy also with the support from our sponsors, which made everything easy for us from one centre to the other.”
Fijabi revealed that the Main Organising Committee (MOU), which comprises NUGA and PSEM officials, has directed its technical arm to monitor the matches for players that would form the NUGA team to the FISU Games.
UCL Quarter-Final Draw: Tottenham To Face Man City As Man Utd Get Barcelona
Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United are the four English teams in the Champions League draw the other four teams are Spanish champions Barcelona, Dutch four-time winners Ajax, Italian champions Juventus and Portuguese champions Porto.
It is the first time since 2009 that four English sides are in the last eight of the Champions League.
The last English side to win the competition was Chelsea in 2012 although Liverpool made the final last season.
Tottenham have been drawn against Manchester City in an all-English Champions League quarter-final tie, while Manchester United will face Barcelona.
FIFA Bans Former Guatemalan FA President Salguero
Football governing body FIFA has banned Guatemalan Football Association former president Rafael Salguero from all football-related activities for seven years for bribery.
Salguero, a former member of the FIFA and the executive committee of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), has been found guilty of bribery in violation of FIFA code of ethics.
He was investigated for “various bribery schemes during the 2006 to 2014 period related to CONCACAF and FIFA competitions, as well as the illegal reselling of tickets for the FIFA World Cup.
Salguero is one of 16 high-ranking officials who have been indicted in the U.S. In connection with FIFA corruption scandals.
CAF President Finally Gets Visa To US After Initial Denials
Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad has received his visa to enter the United States for this week’s FIFA council meetings after visa delays caused him to miss the opening session of the two-day meeting.
Ahmad says Africa “will definitely support” expanding to 48 teams the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The possible expansion discussions were on FIFA council’s agenda for its two-day meeting that ends today in Miami.
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