EL-Amin, Trap­pco, Ru­bi­con, oth­ers bat­tle for cen­te­nary glory

Sunday Trust - - FEVER PITCH -

All is now set for the much awaited Kaduna Cen­te­nary In­ter­na­tional Polo Tour­na­ment which gal­lops off Oc­to­ber 13 and cli­max Oc­to­ber 21, 2018. It is one of the only two most pres­ti­gious polo events on the West Coast of Africa.

The other one is the La­gos In­ter­na­tional show­down that tra­di­tion­ally comes up in Fe­bru­ary each year, while Katsina, Port Har­court and Kano com­plete the four grand slam polo events in the coun­try.

The fast paced Nige­rian polo tour that spread ex­cite­ments across the North East dur­ing the just con­cluded Adamawa Polo fes­ti­val in Yola, has landed in the North Cen­tral, with Kaduna Cen­te­nary event be­ing the epic cen­tre.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pres­i­dent of Kaduna Polo Club, Suleiman Abubakar the 2018 edi­tion marks a ma­jor mile­stone the his­tory of the king of games as Kaduna cel­e­brate the cen­te­nary of the in­tro­duc­tion of the noble game in the city and the 99th edi­tion of Geor­gian Cup com­pe­ti­tion.

The high pro­file polo ex­trav­a­ganza of­fers Africa’s most revered polo cup, the 400 years-old Geor­gian Cup as its big­gest prize. Other ma­jor prizes to be carted home by the win­ning teams in­clude the Emir of Katsina, Imani Cup and the EL-Amin Cup.

Billed for its tra­di­tional venue, the leg­endary Mur­tala Mo­hammed Square, Kaduna, the teem­ing polo en­thu­si­asts who would be part of the his­toric an­nual fes­ti­val, their main fo­cus would be on the Geor­gian Cup, the event’s main prize where the big boys are gear­ing up to what would ex­pect­edly be the most com­pet­i­tive Kaduna polo in years.

Talk­ing about the high stake Geor­gian bat­tle, de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, Ru­bi­con, all time long­est cham­pi­ons, and heav­ily sup­ported, EL-Amin, and for­mer cham­pi­ons, Kaduna Trap­pco have in­ten­sify their prepa­ra­tions for yet an­other ti­tanic face-off.

Four­teen times win­ners, EL-Amin who re­cently cel­e­brated their 20th an­niver­sary, Abuja Ru­bi­con and Trap­pco Ranch, all have enough horse pow­ers and fear­less war­riors to mount a cav­alry. They all boost the needed fire power plus loads of Geor­gian Cup ex­pe­ri­ences that would thrill the crowd from start to fin­ish.

The event’s sec­ond most wanted prize, the Emir of Katsina Cup, Imani Cup and the crowded EL-Amin cup, have all the recipe of a trench war, as over seven teams com­pris­ing tra­di­tional ri­vals and am­bi­tious new­com­ers, are all head­ing to Kaduna for the show­down.

Polo Cap­tain, Ibrahim Ba­bangida con­firmed to Polo Roy­als that over forty teams would vie for hon­our in the week long polo fi­esta that has been pack­aged to Kaduna a be­fit­ting Cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion.

“On be­half of Kaduna Polo Club Man­age­ment and the en­tire mem­bers of club, “I want to thank ev­ery­one both cor­po­rate and in­di­vid­ual for their im­mense con­tri­bu­tion and un­flinch­ing sup­port,” Suleiman Abubakar de­clares at a crowded press chat on Thurs­day,

“We are hum­bled by this over­whelm­ing sup­port and we want to as­sured our spon­sors, part­ners and donors that their money would be put to the best use, for the pro­mo­tion of the game of polo in Kaduna and Nige­ria as a whole.” He added.

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