2019 HiFL: Kano Pillars’ Odenigbo Fires UAM Tillers into Q’ finals

first_imgKUST Pyramids delighted their home fans again in the 29th minute with another goal from jersey number ten, Nura Deneji which threw the crowd into great excitement.However, their joy was short-lived as Kano Pillar’s striker and HiFL 2018 Most Valuable Player, Ebuka Odenigbo terrorised the KUST defence consistently to equalise in the 96th minute. With this, the defending champions have qualified for the quarter-final after winning 4 – 2 on aggregate.In Port-Harcourt, 2018 runners up, UNICAL Malabites advanced to the quarter-finals despite losing to RSU Dolphins, thanks to a first leg 3-1 home advantage. Atako Manuchi of RSU Dolphins scored the only goal of the encounter in the 7th minute. His effort was however not enough to take his team through to the next round.Elsewhere in Uyo, ESUT Explorers cruised past UNIUYO Tuskites on their home soil. Jersey number 16 Uzoma Williams scored a late 94th minute goal to see the Enugu side go through on a comfortable 4-0 aggregate win.In Kano, bitter rivals ABU Nobles and BUK Stallions battled tough for survival, but in the end, it was BUK who prevailed, courtesy of a Kabiru Haliru 82nd minute strike to nick the last spot in a star-studded quarter finals lineup.The league is organised by PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing in partnership with the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA).The league is sponsored by Stanbic IBTC, Indomie Nigeria and Premier Cool.The top 32 universities from NUGA-member institutions will play over a period of 21 weeks, with the final four billed for the Agege Stadium, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram 2018 defending champions, UAM Tillers, runners up, UNICAL Malabites, ESUT Explorers and BUK Stallions have all advanced to the quarter-finals of 2019 Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL) season on Wednesday.UAM Tillers were visitors in Wudil, the home of Kano side, KUST Pyramids and it took the champions only 15 minutes to impress their presence on the home side with an early goal from team captain, Asen Shater.The home side however leveled scores through Nura Muhammed in the 22nd minute.last_img read more

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High Commissioner: SAFA scandal will not affect AFCON 2013

first_imgSouth Africa’s High Commissioner to Ghana, Jeanette Ndlovu, believes that in spite of a recent betting scandal that allegedly implicates five officials of the South African Football Federation; the effective organisation of AFCON 2013 will not be hindered.She believes that although the development was unfortunate, the immediate measures taken to replace the five officials as well as investigations launched into the matter will help keep the focus on organising the tournament.Madam Ndlovu, speaking on Wednesday’s edition of the Joy Sports AFCON Diaries, said, “it is very unfortunate. I think that anytime you have the kind of money involved in any enterprise such as football, you will find people being tempted and try to cut corners and make money and so forth. This is very disappointing for South African football fans.”“However, the position that has been taken currently is that the investigations are ongoing and fortunately people like Danny Jordan have stepped forward to say that they want to help with the organistation of the AFCON. Also Pinky Lehoko is now acting CEO and she played an active role in the organisation of the South Africa 2010 World Cup,” she reported.The President of South African Football, Kirsten Nemantandani, and four members of his administration have been suspended following the fixing of results of four friendly matches that South Africa played in preparation for the 2010 World Cup.Investigations by FIFA indicated that the friendly games against Thailand, Bulgaria, Guatemala and Colombia were pre-arranged to benefit an Asian betting syndicate. Despite this unfortunate occurrence, H.E. Jeaneatte Ndlovu is convinced that fans will still enjoy the tournament and have fun. “The truth of the matter is that, that one incident should not stop us from having fun and make sure that we support our own continental tournament.”Meanwhile, the South African High Commission in Ghana is making provisions for as many home fans as possible to acquire visas to watch the tournament in person. Matches will be played in five venues, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Thekwini, Rustenberg, and Mbombela, while the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg will host the opening and final matches only.South Africa last hosted the tournament in 1996 with Bafana Bafana winning the tournament after defeating 1994 hosts Tunisia, 2-0.last_img read more

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