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University of Calabar emerges Winner of 2019 HiFL

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University of Calabar (UNICAL) has emerged as the winner of the 2019 Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL) The final game saw UNICAL Malabites take home the much coveted trophy when they edged defending champions UAM Tillers 5-4 on penalties to emerge champions for the 2nd time in the history of the tournament.

The 2019 final match, played at the Agege Stadium was however different from the 2018 final which ended 0-0 at the end of regulation time. This time, UAM drew the first blood early in the first half through the tournament’s highest goalscorer, Asen Shater, in the 6th minute.

The game, however, took a twist when UAM’s Anikyongu Doolymun was awarded a red card for a second bookable offence. UniCal’s got a well-deserved equaliser in the 57th minute, leading to the match being decided by penalty kicks, just as it was in 2018.

UniCal’s coach, Jimoh Moshudi, later said their performance in the final underscored their mental strength and desire to overcome last year’s loss. “We had to tell ourselves the truth during the match, that it was a match that we wanted to win to keep our heads up".

According to the organisers of the competition PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing, “We are especially happy that the league did not only create an engagement platform for brands and several stakeholders, but it also unified students across Nigeria.”

This year, 32 teams participated in the 2019 HiFL season with UNILORIN Warriors emerging  second runners up after defeating OAU Giants in a thrilling encounter that ended 4-3 on penalties.  HiFL  was organized in partnership with the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA).

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