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