Top NPFL Teams Chase HiFL Highest Goal Scorer

Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs are in a race for the signature of Odenigbo Ebuka, who scored the highest number of goals at the recently concluded Higher Institution Football League (HiFL).

The Tillers forward who captains the University of Agriculture, Makurdi (UAM), scored eight goals to emerge the highest goal scorer of the tournament.

In a chat after the finals last Saturday, he told newsmen that three top-flight Nigerian clubs have shown interest in signing him.

UAM Tillers were crowned champions of the maiden edition of the HiFL after defeating University of Calabar (UNICAL) Malabites 5-4 on penalties.

According to him, Kano Pillars, Enyimba, and one other top-flight club have contacted his director, saying that they are interested in signing him.

“After the match, my director just spoke with me right away that three clubs have called him. They are Kano Pillars, Enyimba, I don’t know the next,” Odenigbo said.

The delighted striker commended the resilience and determination displayed by their opponents and the sponsors, adding that their opponent fought a good fight.

“We appreciate our opponents, they did well, were very good but they didn’t take their opportunities. This trophy means a lot to me, before the competition, I knew we were going to win because of what we have on ground, not just the players but the officials.

“I thank the sponsor for making us champions today, I believe without them, most of us will not know Lagos. I believe most of my teammate playing today are not doing it for the fun but to make a career out of it,” he added.

The Director of the PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing (PSEM), Mr Sola Fijabi has also revealed that 32 Universities will play a minimum of 72 games in the 2019 edition of the HiFL, which will also include private and state universities in subsequent league tournaments.