By Jimmy Jackson
The Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL) Season 5 has reached its round of 16 as 16 tertiary Institutions in Nigeria battle for the Supremacy in the 2022 league season.
The 5th edition had 60 teams across different tertiary institution in Nigeria contesting for honours. The season which started in May saw teams grouped for qualification to next round which is the round of 16. Group stage matches were played in Lagos, Calabar, Kogi and Bauchi Zones.
12 teams qualified from the group stages and the remaining 4 spots were for teams that made it to the super four last season. The last year super four teams are 2021
champions, the Desert Warriors of University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), AAUA Luminaries of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoka, UNN Lions of University of Nigeria, Nsukka and FUTMINNA Transformer of the Federal University of Technology Minna.
Others teams that will battle in round 16 includes; DELSU Titans of Delta State
University, maiden champions, UAM Tillers of University of Makurdi, UNILORIN Warriors of the University of llorin, LASU Blazers of Lagos State University, ATBU Bravehearts of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, BUK Stallions of Bayero University, Kano, IAUE Minders of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, FUOYE Dazzlers of Federal University of Oye Ekiti, UNIPORT Sharks of
University of Port Harcourt and KSU Steelers of Kogi State University. Ekiti State University and Kaduna State University are making their first appearance in the round
Emeka Ogbu, President, Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) while reacting to the ongoing competition, expressed happiness with the successes HiFL has recorded over the years. He encouraged participants to combine sports and academies hoping that with backing from the university management and NUGA, HiFL are committed to their mandate of offering sporting chances for students to excel in life.