Og­boro re-elected as Polo pres­i­dent for the third time

… vows to pro­mote sports in­ter­na­tion­ally

Sunday Trust - - FEVERPITCH - Sto­ries by Ernest Ekpeny­ong

The Pres­i­dent of Nige­rian Polo Fed­er­a­tion, (NPF) Fran­cis Og­boro has pledged to re-dou­ble his ef­fort in pro­mot­ing Nige­rian polo within the con­ti­nent and in­ter­na­tion­ally fol­low­ing his re-elec­tion for a third time in Kaduna.

The Pres­i­dent who thanked the Nige­rian polo fam­ily for the con­fi­dence re­posed in him to lead the NPF for the third, says his re­lent­less cru­sade of ex­pand­ing the fron­tiers of Nige­rian polo would be sus­tain in a way that would truly re­flect Nige­ria’s sta­tus as a power house of African polo.

The pop­u­lar polo pa­tron who re­ceived good­will mes­sages from the world polo rul­ing body, FIP, The Nige­rian Olympic Com­mit­tee and the Sports Min­istry, told the world sport­ing press that Nige­ria polo is one big fam­ily that will con­tinue to put Nige­ria in the in­ter­na­tional lime­light.

“The last few years were a pe­riod that started with a lot of ques­tions about the fu­ture of NPF and Nige­rian polo. Along the way, we be­came a greater voice in polo and built cred­i­bil­ity with our mem­bers,” he de­clared as he set­tles down to re­flect on the high­lights of his year.

Og­boro re­counted the many high­lights, but de­clined to rank them in any par­tic­u­lar or­der, sin­gling out EL-Amin’s record set­ting Ge­or­gian Cup glory, the spring­ing up many new polo clubs across the coun­try and the FIP rat­ing of Nige­rian polo as one of the fastest grow­ing in the world, as some of the ma­jor hall­marks of ten­ure so far.

The sports’ world gov­ern­ing body, FIP has in its lasts re­view ranked Nige­ria as one of the big­gest polo play­ing na­tion in world, with the game be­ing played through­out the year. With over 20 polo clubs (Both pri­vate and pub­lic) spread across the coun­try, FIP says the fu­ture of the king of games is truly in good hands.

“Polo is one of the big­gest cor­po­rate sports with huge mar­ket­ing po­ten­tials and the NPF must brace up to host­ing two tour­na­ments in a month, if all the ac­cred­ited clubs must hold their an­nual tour­na­ments within the sea­son.” Og­boro pointed out.

Nige­ria’s tri­umphant re­turn to the Polo World Cup stage or­ga­nized by FIP with polo power houses like Aus­tralia, New Zealand, In­dia, Pak­istan, South Africa and host Malaysia vy­ing for hon­ours, is un­doubt­edly the big­gest rocket of his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

As Og­boro noted in his land­mark speech shortly af­ter the poll re­sults were re­leased by Gen­eral Garba led elec­tion com­mit­tee, the few listed achieve­ments are the strong­est in­di­ca­tions yet, that NPF and the noble game of kings has come to stay.

“By rea­son of its rich and es­teem his­tory, its great ca­pac­ity and the ca­ma­raderie, this noble game of polo stands on the thresh­old of a new era of great achieve­ment in the years to come,” the NPF boss de­clared.

“This is a spe­cial game that fosters unity, con­fi­dent, team spirit and dis­ci­pline. Polo is a great sport that can achieve any­thing it wants if we all set our minds to it. We should strive to meet and ex­ceed that ex­pec­ta­tion in our ef­forts to move Nige­rian polo even fur­ther.” Og­boro added”

“The rest of the world sees us as great sports­men, a united fam­ily and to­day you the play­ers, our pa­trons, pri­vate sec­tor part­ners, in­di­vid­ual bene­fac­tors and en­thu­si­asts, have de­clared your­self con­fi­dent and hope­ful about the fu­ture of polo in this coun­try.” he af­firms.

The closely fought elec­tion held at the Lamido Mus­dafa Polo Ground in Yola, threw up new names who were elected into NPF Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee to run the af­fairs of the an­cient sport for the next two years.

The re­sults an­nounced by the Elec­toral Com­mit­tee Chair­man and mem­ber of NPF’s Board of Trustees (BOT), Gen­eral M. A. Garba (rtd.) re­turned Tanko Ayuba as the First Vice-pres­i­dent, while a new face, Nura Kangiwa, was elected as the sec­ond vice-pres­i­dent, Jos Mal­comines Pa­tron Mur­tala Laushi suc­ceeded Baba Kyari as the new Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, just as Haruna Us­man and Ab­dulka­rim Jib­ril were elected as As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary and Trea­surer re­spec­tively. Other mem­bers of the new man­age­ment Com­mit­tee in­clude Abba Kangiwa who emerged as as­sis­tant trea­surer; Bar­ris­ter Sambo Idris was elected as Le­gal Ad­viser. Sal­manu Tilde and Abubakar Kari were elected as ex-of­fi­cio mem­bers.

Moroc­can Army Polo team line-up for their fi­nal match against Pak­istan dur­ing the 2018 World Mil­i­tary Polo Tour­na­ment at 12=12 Polo & Turf Club in Abuja.

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