Tertiary institutions in the country have embraced the forthcoming Higher Institution Football League billed to start in July.
The competition, which is organised by the Nigeria University Games Association and Pace Sports Entertainment Limited, features universities registered with NUGA.
A total of 30 matches will be played in the competition scheduled to take place between July 28 and October 27 in eight zones for the 14-week period.
NUGA and Pace Sports signed a Memorandum of Understanding last month in Lagos to kick-start the competition.
Technical Partner of the project and Chief Executive Officer of Green White Green outfit Shuaibu Gara-Gombe at the weekend said the encouragement and responses received from higher institutions across the country have been overwhelming.
He said, “We are very excited that the schools have embraced the project and we are already putting up logistics to further tidy up things as we draw closer. The response from the schools is a big signal which we also hope the private sector will embrace to boost all the operations.”
Already, the institutions have been divided into the two groups the Atlantic (South) and Savannah (North) groups for logistics reasons.
Head, Strategy at Pace Sports Olamide Adeyemo said the competition would be on home and away basis while the final four matches would take place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.