The University of Maiduguri students’ team was today in Lagos crowned the NIFL Champions after a superlative performance in the final match of this year’s Higher Institutions Football League played against Adekunle Ajasin University Ondo state.
The match which was played at the YABA TECH Football pitch Lagos saw the final match preceded with a third place match between University of Nigeria Nsukka and Federal University of Technology Minna that ended 2-1 in favor of University of Nigeria.
The final cracker of the day kicked off at 2:00pm with the two sides giving good account of themselves to end the first half goalless with missed scoring chances on both sides.
The second half of the game remained the same until in the 80th minute of the match when hard fighting Oche scored the only goal of the match for UniMaid to change the tempo of the match which eventually ended with that lone goal. At the end of the encounter, the medal presentation ceremony saw the UNN side receiving the bronze medal, followed by the finalist Ondo state ambassadors who settled for the silver medals.
The organizers of the competition amidst cheers presented the gold medals and the 2021 NIFL trophy to the new champions, University of Maiduguri.
The victory of our Desert warriors is born out of the hard work of the team and Coach Dauda Daniel zico, the management of the University sports office under the leadership of its Director of sports, Dr. Zakariya Nayawo and above all the Vice Chancellor university of Maiduguri, Professor Aliyu Shugaba who considered the comfort and safety of his players to motivate them by flying the team to Lagos and will hopefully fly them back to Maiduguri on Monday.