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KSU Steelers have won the HiFL 2022 championship.

For the second year in a row, UNN Lions maintain third-place bronze.

On Saturday, Kogi State University Ayangba’s KSU Steelers made history by becoming the first state-owned institution to win the renowned Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL).

The FOUYE Dazzlers from the Federal University Oye Ekiti were defeated 3-1 by the KSU Steelers in the HiFL 2022 season’s championship game, which was contested at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Complex. KSU Steelers rallied from a goal down in the match.

A Dazzlers attacker was brought down by a Steelers defender shortly after the game began. With the next penalty kick, Kolawole Oladapo successfully placed the Dazzlers in the lead.

While the Dazzlers’ supporters were still jubilant about their lead, Samuel Odutola of the KSU Steelers equalized in the third minute, spurred on by the presence of their vice chancellor, Prof. Marietu Ohunene Tenube. It was a 1-1 tie at the half.

The second half got off to a hot start as both sides were able to hold each other scoreless until Mohammed Suleiman, the Steelers captain and StanbicIBTC Man-of-the-Match, scored the second goal for his team. With his third goal, Anuba Ojochenemi effectively ended the Dazzlers’ pursuit.

When the University of Nigeria Nsukka’s UNN Lions defeated the UNILORIN Warriors 1-0 earlier in the third-place game, they clinched the spot they earned the previous year.

Chukwu Echere Lawrence was responsible for the Lions’ goal.

Following the game, HiFL Board Chairman Dr. Kachi Onubogu praised the support of the participating school administrations while praising the players’ bravery.

We can all witness the impact of the assistance we get from our cherished sponsors, including StanbicIBTC, Lagos State Internal Revenue Services, Bold, and Indomie. As seen by the Vice Chancellor of Kogi State University’s attendance at the finals, the administration and players of the participating institutions have also demonstrated a great deal of interest. The Vice-Chancellor of the Adekunle Ajasin University attended the finals live the previous year as well.

In terms of the attention given to college sports, especially football, he said, “now is the moment to press for more. The Higher Institutions Football League has given the government, school administrators, players, and even discerning sponsors a respectable platform to leave their mark on history with regard to their contributions to youth development in Nigeria.

In response, Prof. Tenube, vice chancellor of Kogi State University, praised Pace Sports and Marketing and the Nigerian University Games Association for giving the students access to such a venue. The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Oye Ekiti, Prof. Dosu Malomo, said the organizers did well to bring the 2022 league to such an exciting climax despite the current ASUU strike which somewhat impacted this year’s league.

By winning, KSU Steelers made history by being the first team to score more than one goal in the HiFL Finals, while UNN Lions made history by becoming the first team to win back-to-back games for third place in the HiFL Super Four. The FOUYE Dazzlers’ Kolawole Dolapo scored the opening goal of the HiFL final, making it the quickest goal ever. With four goals overall, the final also holds the record for the most goals scored in regular time in a game.

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  1. On Saturday, Kogi State University Ayangba’s KSU Steelers made history by becoming the first state-owned institution to win the renowned Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL).

    Congratulations to this more Grace

    More good luck

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