UNIMAID Desert Warriors of the University of Maiduguri has emerged the 2021 Champions of the Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL) after a 1-0 defeat f debutant AAUA Luminaries from the Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Complex on Saturday.
The game set out in an attacking mood with the AAUA Luminaries pushing hard to score the first goal.
However, the defence of the Desert Warriors led by Abdulrahaman Musa and Ochei David Michael thwarted every move by the attacking front line of the Luminaries led by Ologbon Emmanuel and Rotimi Ayomide to end the first half goalless.
On resumption in the second half, the Desert Warriors took the initiative and succeeded in the 62nd minute of the game when the team captain and StanbicIBTC Man-of-the-Match, Ochei Elijah Francis met a cross from the right to nod the ball past Isaac Phillip in the goal for the Luminaries.
We had a very good preparation from the beginning of this competition, and we have been supported financially and morally by the school authority, UNIMAID Desert Warriors, Dauda ‘Ziko’ Daniel said.
This is the result of their support, it was difficult but we thank God.
Chief Strategy Officer, PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Goodness Onyejiaku said
we appreciate StanbicIBTC, Nivea Men, Bold and Minimie and the Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) for their support. We have all enjoyed this season and look forward to a more interesting HiFL in 2022.