Keffi Ponies, Abuja Guards, El-Amin bat­tle for Ge­or­gian Cup

Daily Trust - - SPORT - From An­drew Agbese, Kaduna

Two high pro­file polo teams, Keffi Ponies and Abuja Guards Ru­bi­con are among the clubs that will chal­lenge Kaduna El-Amin for Africa’s most pres­ti­gious polo tro­phy, the Ge­or­gian Cup at the 2015 Kaduna In­ter­na­tional Polo Tour­na­ment.

The tour­na­ment gal­lops off on Oc­to­ber 31, 2015 to Novem­ber 8 at the Ah­madu Yakubu Polo Ground, Mur­tala Mo­hammed Square in Kaduna.

Kaduna El-Amin are the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, hav­ing won the cup in the last tour­na­ment.

Top polo play­ers from across Africa are also ex­pected to bat­tle for the cen­turies old Ge­or­gian Cup, while top Nige­rian polo stars would com­pete for the Emir of Katsina Cup, Nahco Cup, Unity Bank Cup and Gov­er­nors Cup among oth­ers.

Kaduna polo cap­tain, Baba Kyari who spoke at the cheque pre­sen­ta­tion night at the polo club in Kaduna at the week­end, said the three teams are among the teams that have reg­is­tered for the an­nual tour­na­ment.

“We are go­ing to have a com­pet­i­tive tour­na­ment in terms of Ge­or­gian Cup, some peo­ple have bought brand new Ar­gen­tine horses to play. Kaduna El Amin, Keffi Ponies and Abuja Guards Ru­bi­con have all reg­is­tered for the 2015 Ge­or­gian Cup with an­other team that I don’t want to men­tion yet.

“There is no game of polo that is same, horses change, peo­ple change and some team that got beaten last year may want to play bet­ter, team are think­ing of bet­ter ways to con­sol­i­date. The game is pro­gress­ing in Kaduna Polo Club be­cause we have more play­ers than last year but like ev­ery sec­tor we are also af­fected by the eco­nomic down­turn,” Kyari said.

Pres­i­dent of Kaduna Polo Club, Malam Suleiman Abubakar said the 2015 edi­tion of the Kaduna Polo tour­na­ment would be in­ter­est­ing be­cause a lot of ini­tia­tives have been in­tro­duced to the tour­ney.

About N28 mil­lion was re­ceived from spon­sors and donors of the com­pe­ti­tion with Katsina, Zam­fara, Kaduna states and a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pany dol­ing out N5 mil­lion each.

Ac­tion recorded dur­ing one of the pre­vi­ous Kaduna polo tour­na­ments.

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