Ikoyi lights-up for La­gos 2018 Int. Polo car­ni­val

Sunday Trust - - FEVER PITCH -

The or­ga­niz­ers of the pres­ti­gious La­gos In­ter­na­tional Polo have promised that the 2018 edi­tion of the glam­orous fi­esta will make the for­mer na­tion’s cap­i­tal city come alive, as the best play­ers in the game within and out­side the coun­try have promised to grace the com­pe­ti­tion.

The tour­na­ment, well known for its ex­cit­ing at­mos­phere and re­laxed set­ting, is sched­uled to gal­lop off from Fe­bru­ary 14, 2018 through to the last week of Fe­bru­ary in the city.

The La­gos polo chief­tain, Ro­timi Makan­juola who dropped this hint in an ex­clu­sive chat with Polo Roy­als, stated that ar­range­ments were in top gear to en­sure that the event will linger for long in the mem­o­ries of all par­tic­i­pants, in­vited guests and en­thu­si­asts of the king of games. “We would have a team fea­tur­ing play­ers as young as 13 years in this edi­tion, as a re­sult of the club’s many ef­forts to in­crease the aware­ness for the game among younger peo­ple and it’s go­ing to be a full house this year, as teams from ma­jor polo cen­tres across the coun­try have con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion”, he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the high pro­file La­gos polo pa­tron, twenty teams com­ing from Kano, Kaduna, Abuja, Port Har­court, and Ibadan have con­firmed par­tic­i­pa­tion as the best play­ers and pa­trons in the coun­try set their sights on La­gos.

As at the last count, over ten heav­ily for­ti­fied vis­it­ing teams are in­vad­ing the fore­most Ribadu Road polo ground for the event, just as host La­gos is throw­ing in as many as twelve teams into what prom­ises to be the fiercely con­test of the tour­na­ment.

Makan­juela who led La­gos Cen­taurs quest for the big­gest prize of the event, the leg­endary Ma­jeko­dunmi Cup, said other ma­jor prize at stake would in­clude, the Open Cup, La­gos Low Cup and the Sil­ver Cup, as well as a hand­ful of se­lected prizes and awards.

Last year, the fi­nal game de­cided be­fore a full crowd that in­cluded Se­nate Pres­i­dent Se­na­tor Bukola Saraki and bil­lion­aire busi­ness mogul Aliko Dan­gote, Fifth Chukker (Adamu Atta, Ba­bangida Hassan, Manuel Cre­spo and San­ti­ago Cer­nadas) were ruth­less against La­gos Cen­taurs in their drive for a fourth straight Ma­jeko­dunmi Cup vic­tory. The Kaduna based polo lords also added the Ital­ian Am­bas­sador.

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