Leadership (Abuja)

8 December 2012

Nigeria: Kaduna International Polo Tournament Gallops-Off

Kaduna Polo club captain Ali Hassan Hadejia has said his club's aim is to retain all the trophies they won in last year's tournament in this year's Kaduna Polo tournament and also win all the trophies they are contesting for. The Kaduna polo tournament regarded as the biggest polo tournament in the country will gallop off this weekend in Kaduna at the Murtala square with 35 teams contesting.

Kaduna polo club is the premier polo club in the country and the Captain told LEADERSHIP WEEKEND SPORTS exclusively that; "We intend to defend all the trophies we won last year, but this year we know its going to be tough because the teams are preparing well now and the level of competition is high, teams like Rubicon, Katsina Max Air and Keffi Ponies will be our greatest rivals.

"We have 35 teams and international players from Argentina and South Africa vying for honours in this tournament. We have four trophies at stake- the El- Amin Cup, Nahco Cup, Emir of Katsina Cup and the Georgian Cup.This years edition of the tournament is going to be special because its been long we had four teams contesting in the Georgian Cup, this year four teams are competing .

This tournament is going to be the biggest and best polo tournament in the country and MTN are the biggest sponsor of this edition and we want people to come emasse to watch the tournament at Murtala Square Kaduna"

The Polo tourney has been scheduled for December 8 to 15 at the Ahmadu Yakubu Polo Club House, Murtala Mohammed Sports Complex, Kaduna.

We Will Compete Aggressively - Bauchi Polo Captain

The Captain of Bauchi Polo Club Ali Wanka has said that the club will compete aggressively in the Kaduna Polo tournament which will gallop off this weekend in Kaduna. The MTN sponsored tournament promises to be the biggest tournament in the country this year.

"We intend to compete aggressively Ali Wamka revealed to LEADERSHIP WEEKEND SPORTS exclusively, 'our aim is to win the trophies at stake, in the last polo tournament in Yola we didn't have a good tournament partly due to the officiating, but now we hope that the officiating in Kaduna will be fair

"We are sending just two teams to Kaduna and will be competing just in the low goal cups. The reason is because some of our good players have been suspended by the Nigerian Polo Federation for three months, so we have no option but to enter the smallest cup but we intend to compete aggressively and win."

Wanka also said: "We will improve on our game generally and see where we made mistakes in the last tournament in Yola. The last time we won in Kaduna was five years ago. Last year we finished runners up and we hope to win this cup this time."

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