By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Kaduna Centenary Polo Tournament has witnessed an unprecedented turn out of sponsorship and participation, just as all is set for its galloping off on Saturday.
President of the Kaduna Polo Club, Alhaji Suleiman Abubakar (Walin Keffi) expressed this during a pre tournament press briefing held at the Ahmadu Yakubu Polo Club House on Thursday.
“We have witnessed an Unprecedented turn out of participants and sponsorship for the centenary polo tournament. We are very happy with what has been achieved,” he said.
The President said that Kaduna Polo Club is rolling out the drums to mark its Centenary, from its inception in 1918 to 2018.
He said as a result, they have used the opportunity to embark on a massive renovation of the club house as well as its play grounds.
“The tournament starts Saturday October 13 and ends Sunday October 21.
“40 teams are expected to participate and there are eight selected matches also to be featured.
“The teams would be coming in from Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kano, Ibadan Polo clubs and the Abuja Guards Brigade Polo Club.
“For the Georgian Cup and Emir of Katsina Cup which are high goal games requiring huge resources, 10 teams would be featuring.
“El-Amin and Fifth Chukker to feature in Georgian Cup. Some of the legacies we will be celebrating is to exist for 100 years,” he said.
Walin Keffi said that they are also celebrating the legacies of their fore fathers and the partnership they have had with their sponsors.
“The Partnership with First Bank is a record, by next year, we would be celebrating 100 years sponsorship with First Bank,” he added.
On the calibre of players expected, he said, “this year, the calibre of players expected is also unprecedented. We are expecting top players and umpires from all over the world.”
He assured that renovation works at the polo club will be completed before the opening ceremony.
On security, he explained that all has been put in place, as well as a seamless access for sports reporters covering the tournament.
The president disclosed that he would be playing in the Georgian Cup.
Secretary of the Club, Ibrahim Kankia appealed to the media to assist in creating more awareness for the centenary tournament.
He thanked the sponsors for their magnanimity and contributions in making the tournament successful.
Also present at the briefing, were the Second Vice President, Funmi Adeniyi, Bar Secretary, Tijjani Sani (One Minute) and Captain of the club, Alhaji Tijjani Babangida.