The 2021 Champion and first runner-up of the Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL) UNIMAID Desert Warriors and AAUA Luminaries may not qualify for the quarters of this year’s competition except if they upturn the results from their first leg games.
HiFL, organised by PACE Sports, NUGA and supported by StanbicIBTC, Bold, LIRS and Indomie Noodles, has reached a climax as teams jostle to qualify for the quarterfinals and the Super Four with the second leg of the round of 16 games starting Wednesday.
Defending champion, UNIMAID Desert Warriors must win or get at least a 2-2 draw in Kano to qualify for the next round. However, Coach Isiyaku Ibrahim of the Stallions has promised to upstage the champions because
“It is our turn to lift the HiFL trophy. Every team that has defeated us at this level has gone ahead to win the league but now it is our turn to beat our opponent at this stage and go ahead to win the league, hopefully. We have done everything technically and tactically for the game and we sincerely hope that we get a good result.”