FUTA Tigers, UNIBEN Royals, FUOYE Dazzlers and OAU Giants have all advanced to the round of 16 in the ongoing 2019 Higher Institutions Football League 2019 season on Thursday, 20th June.
OAU giants emerged as group A winners after qualifying automatically due to their outstanding performance as one of the Super 4 in the 2018 season, while FUTA Tigers go through as runners up after garnering a maximum 4 points from in the group .
The FUTA Tigers, drew their first match with the Marines and secured a 1:0 win against EKSU mountaineers to go through. Meanwhile EKSU Mountaineers held UNILAG Marines from progressing after a 2:2 draw, goals from Robert Odu and Ali Abayomi were not enough to see the marines through after a hard fought battle.
In Benin, UNIBEN Royals topped Group E with a maximum 6 points to go through, while FUOYE dazzlers advanced as runners up after upturning a 1:0 lead to win the game. The match which ended 2:1 in favour of FUOYE dazzlers will see them join UNIBEN Royals as one of the qualifiers from the group.
The league is organised by PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing in partnership with the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA). The top 32 Universities from NUGA-member institutions will play over a period of 21 weeks, with the final four billed for the Agege Stadium, Lagos.