2018 Ibadan Polo tour­na­ment re­view: La­gos, Kaduna, Lead City share top hon­ours

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The an­cient city of Ibadan in Oyo State, hosted the pres­ti­gious Ibadan 2018 Polo Tour­na­ment, which came to a colour­ful cli­max last week­end. Ibadan, vis­it­ing La­gos and Kaduna swept the stakes.

Ex­pect­edly, Ibadan 2018 rum­ble pitched teams from three ma­jor polo clubs across the coun­try and af­ter an ex­cit­ing week of in­ten­sive cam­paign, the ti­tles were lop­sid­edly shared, with host Ibadan man­ag­ing a run­ners’-up fin­ish in Ade Alak­ija Cup and Gover­nor Aji­mobi Cup re­spec­tively.

While La­gos STL main­tained its im­pres­sive Ibadan form by cart­ing home the event’s sec­ond big­gest prize, the Ade Alak­ija Cup, Kaduna that has been ab­sent from the Eleyele polo ground for some years, showed how much they missed the tour­na­ment, shoot­ing down tough op­po­si­tions to clinch the Ro­timi Cup.

Ibadan polo cap­tain, Koyin Owo­eye who de­scribed the event as one of the most ex­cit­ing Ibadan tour­na­ments in years, hailed all the vis­it­ing play­ers and the teem­ing polo en­thu­si­asts for mak­ing the glam­orous fi­esta such a huge suc­cess.

“We are par­tic­u­larly in­debted to our nu­mer­ous spon­sors for their un­flinch­ing sup­port which en­sures the suc­cess­ful host­ing of this in­ter­na­tional polo tour­na­ment even at such no­tice,” Owo­eye added.

“We are head­ing for La­gos, Kano and other tour­na­ments with the right frame of mind, hav­ing picked up few tricks from our tour­na­ment. Any­body who stands on our way in any of the cups we are tar­get­ing would pay for it,” Owo­eye warned.

La­gos that stormed the Oyo State cap­i­tal city with four teams put up a good fight, har­vest­ing one out of the three ma­jor ti­tles at stake, while vis­it­ing Port Har­court Polo Club who flew the Niger Delta flag at the tour­ney, re­turned to their Port Har­court GRA base empty handed.

Other sub­sidiary prizes carted home by the win­ners in­clude the Pro­fes­sor Jide Owo­eye Cup, Aji­mobi Cup, HST Cup and Shore­line Cup, among oth­ers.

To the Lagosians and the Ibadan teams, what is left now is for them to travel to Kano and com­plete the restora­tion by de­feat­ing an ex­pected loaded field from the north­ern part of the coun­try.

An am­bi­tious plan that has been de­scribed as wish­ful think­ing by Kano based player, Faruku Ibrahim who in­sisted that what Kaduna, La­gos and Ibadan teams archived at the Eleyele rolling ground, was a fluke.

“No prob­lem. Let them come and en­joy our tra­di­tional hos­pi­tal­ity and for­get about the ma­jor ti­tle be­cause they would go back with noth­ing, he warned.

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