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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

2015 MTN/Kano polo Highlight

The on-going Kano polo tournament came to a break last weekend to end the first phase of the double phase tourney which is proudly sponsored by MTN among other sponsors.
The first phase of the tournament saw  teams compete is various cadre ranging from the Prestigious MRS and Dantata cups to selected cups.
The following Teams emerged winners of the major cups:



Monday, 27 April 2015

2015 MTN IBADAN POLO; Lagos Teams win top laurels..Kano Valda amongst winners.

 Arc. Muyiwa Ige and Nabil Dantata

The 2015 MTN Ibadan polo tournament came to a conclusive end yesterday. The 5 day, single-phase tournament saw in attendance creme de la creme of the society. Also, the tournament exhibited top NPA Polo players and potential players.

For complete story look out for poloplus magazine edition 3.

Sunday, 22 February 2015


Guys the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2015 ( Dubai Open) Kicks Off on Monday 23rd Feb, and on Friday 27th Feb will be the first amazing weekend of the tournament. Don't Miss It Out!
Bring your friends and family to witness the Sport of Kings and an unforgettable day out at the Polo. FREE ENTRY

Tuesday, 30 December 2014


Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.


The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015 (Dubai Open) 18 Goal Handicap is the most prestigious international polo tournament in the in Middle East, Asia and Africa. The premier polo competition of the year involves the world's best polo teams and players battling it out to win the cup.


This is the sixth year in a row, our organization has produced a high quality social and sporting event. It serves us to promote Dubai to be one of the leading polo nations in Middle East and worldwide. It takes place at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches in Dubai. 


The series is split into two tournaments with 5 chukkas in a match that will start next year with the “McLaren Cup 2015”, beginning 23rd January and ending 06th February 2015. The “Dubai Polo Gold Cup” will commence on 23rd February and will end on 13th March 2015.


Ten International Polo Teams Confirmed for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015:

§  Mahra Polo ~ Patron Rashid Al Habtoor

§  Bin Drai Polo Team ~ Patron Saeed Bin Drai

§  Habtoor Polo Team ~ Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor

§  Ghantoot Polo Team ~ Patron HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

§  UAE Polo Team ~ Patron  Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

§  Abu Dhabi Polo Team ~ Patron Faris Yabhouni

§  Zedan Polo Team ~ Patron Amr Zedan

§  Desert Palm 1 Polo Team ~ Patron Rashid Al Bawardi

§  Desert Palm 2 Polo Team ~ Patron Tarik Al Bawardi

§  Edrees Polo Team ~ Patron Sultan Edrees



About Dubai Polo Gold Cup


The Dubai Polo Gold Cup was founded in 2009 and it’s now a series of two premier Polo events in the Middle East. The most prestigious polo tournament in the Middle East, Asia and Africa and is a meeting point for the Dubai Society Elite, Royalty, famous personalities, senior corporate executives and fans with  the world’s best international Polo teams competing.


Played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), the Gold Cup is being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires will be managed under strict international supervision by the HPA.

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the US and the UK. Each year the event reaches new heights growing in tandem with the city of Dubai which has quickly gained popularity and found its place on the Polo world stage . In 2012 the Dubai Gold Cup Series was recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and in January 2014 the WPT committee announce that the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series’ has enabled it’s important tournament (Gold Cup) for being the highest tournament in points within the Challenge Cup category by raising to 50 points for the winners. The certificate of entry was presented by the international polo.






Cristina Gusita

Polo Coordinator General

Dubai Polo Gold Cup

For more information visit:

Friday, 16 May 2014

Access Bank-UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament Opens

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Ms. Jean Gough,  UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Victor Etuokwu, Executive
Director, Access Bank Plc and Adam Taylor, Fifth Chukker Tournament  Manager at the
Access Bank-UNICEF Charity Shield pre-tournament press conference in Lagos today.
Twenty-four high-powered polo teams from across the globe are gearing up for Africa’s premium polo extravaganza as the annual Access Bank-UNICEF Charity Shield Polo tournament commences at the Fifth Chukker Lawns of Kangimi Resort in Kaduna from May 20 to June 7, 2014.
The month-long tournament sponsored by Access Bank is in its 7th year running. The Access Bank Charity Shield was inaugurated by Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Club in 2003 as a fund raising platform to support local charity organizations.  Since 2006, however, this effort has been exclusively geared towards UNICEF’s intervention projects for orphans and vulnerable children.
The Access Bank-UNICEF polo fiesta which has been the biggest sporting attraction in Nigeria and indeed Africa for over a decade, promises to be competitive and exciting, with the introduction of the brand new Fifth Chukker Cup. The annual tournament has established itself as the biggest and greatest attraction, regularly pulling some of the most accomplished players in world, royalty and heavy hitters in politics and industry.
The low-goal Fifth Chukker Cup gallops off May 20th, with ten equally matched teams jostling to make history as it first winner, is billed to climax on Sunday, May 25, at the lush lawn of Kangimi Resort in Kaduna. Teams vying for the low goal title are Sheyi Oyinola’s SAO Polo who is set to rekindle their rivalry against Hakeem Shagaya’s Unity Polo after their much talked about Dansa Cup clash in Lagos last February.
Others include Engineer Sani Umar’s Kano Susplan who is seeking to improve from their Lagos Low Cup runners’ up finish recently, and Louis Enriguez powered Goly Polo team which is set t arrive from Spain for the polo tourney.  The list also include Yusuf Garba’s Kaduna Yula Farms, Opaque Liberty, Ibah Oil & Gas, Niyya Farms, Optimum Riders and Babaduna Kaloma led Terra E&P that has been part of the Charity Shield in the past three years in the Access Bank Cup category.
Fifth Chukker Polo Captain, Babangida Hassan Katsina who disclosed the list of participating teams, expressed delight that the charity event has grown to become one of the biggest humanitarian events on the continent, insisting that his polo is proud to continue in its development of this established partnership with Access Bank and UNICEF.
“Fifth Chukker is proud to continue in its development of this established partnership with Access Bank and UNICEF. The level of play continues to raise the bar in Nigerian polo and captures a truly international following; the charity work follows in a similar fashion,” Babangida added.
He also added that Fifth Chukker is proud to welcome Mr. Kanu Nwankwo, Nigerian ex-international footballer as the 2013/2014 Charity Ambassador who will represent Fifth Chukker on charity initiatives concerning the welfare of the vulnerable and underprivileged children of Nigeria.
Earlier, Executive Director, Personal Banking, Access Bank, Victor Etuokwu had said that proceed from sale of memorabilia at the annual tournament in addition to the N10million donation from Access Bank doubled from the annual N5million, would be used to support UNICEF in its campaign against HIV AIDS pandemic projects for orphan and vulnerable children”.

“This year’s tournament is more than an affirmation of our commitment to socio-economic wellbeing of mankind and acknowledgement of the impact the initiative has had on the lives of the orphaned and vulnerable children northern Nigeria especially in Kaduna state; it is also an opportunity for providing special care for Access Bank’s customers through our Private Banking services”.

“Access Bank’s sponsorship of the tournament is as a result of the similarities in the tournament’s objective and the Bank’s relentless campaign against the pandemic,” Etuokwu pointed out, adding that Access Bank is committed to supporting the charity shield event which is organized in partnership with UNICEF and the Fifth Chukker Polo tournament.

“UNICEF looks forward to expanding this partnership to advocate the realisation of children’s rights with special focus on safe and friendly school environments and early marriage says Jean Gough”, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria

So far, more than N100 million has been raised during the charity event, for underprivileged children in northern Nigeria and this has been hailed as a huge achievement for a sporting resort that began only ten years ago, and one that will ensure the success of the ‘Game of Kings’ in Nigeria for many years to come.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

2014 LAGOS POLO: Ironclad/5th Chukker wins Majek cup, Ark Polo/Goodfellows wins Low cup..

The 2014 Lagos polo international tournament rounded up yesterday in a compromising situation as the club's battle ground continued it's make shift position, once again, due to weather condition. While the match between Ironclad 5thchukker vs Lagos Auden/Delaney continued in the Ajah Imeko ground, owned by Femi Otudeko, guest were chilling at the Ribadu ground of the Lagos polo club to witness the cup presentation and the closing ceremony of the 2014 Lagos international polo tournament which had MTN and Guaranty trust bank as its major sponsors amidst other numerous sponsors.

The tournament was a good outing for the lagos teams as they claimed most of the titles, especially the highest celebrated cup of the tournament, the Majekodunmi cup. Ironclad Fifth Chukker beat city rivals Lagos Auden/Delaney 13-11 to the Majekodunmi Cup, while Lagos Goodfellows also won the Low Cup.

The Majek Cup match which took place at the Brightwater saw fierce challenge from the Delaney team whose hope to claim their second title was dashed having won the independence Cup last Friday by beating T.J Dantata's Kano Titans.
The First face of the tournament saw the Lagos 5th chukker claimed the Open Cup, while Lagos Unity Polo won the Dansa cup.

However, the Ibadan teams showed up another disappointing outing as they could not bag any title. "we shall work on our flaws" said Koyin Owoeye, Captain of Ibadan Polo club, who also attributed their poor performances to lack of polo players.

The 2014 Lagos international polo tournament also saw first timers like, Olugbile Halloway, Seyi Oyinlola having their first ever encounter on the polo field. "I am in at last said Olugbile who has waited anxiously to see himself play during the tournament. The tournaments also put up an evening of relaxation and entertainment. Many guest will talk about it four years to come as they were thrilled to a night out of music, comedy, fashion and performances from artists like, Harry Song, Lynxx, Wiz Kid, Kacee and M.I. It was indeed a star studded event.

Obafemi Otudeko of The Chukkers was voted as the MVP of the prestigious Majek Cup, while Maya, from the stable of the Ironclad was adjudged the best playing pony was given to Maya from the stables of the champions.

Other sponsors of the 2014 Lagos International polo tournament are: Veuve Clicquot, Union Bank, Chapel Hill & Denham, UBS, Unity Bank, Caverton Group, Dansa Foods Ltd/Dangote, Southern Sun Hotel, Smooth FM, Beat FM, Delaney, Total, Polo Limited, Sony, Powerhorse and Avion Continental Group are co-sponsors.
-Joseph Odika

Friday, 28 February 2014

Lagos Goodfellows and Kano Aitek for Semi finals.

Lagos Goodfellows beat Petrosmith 5-3 and Kano Aitek also defeated Ibadan Oluyole 6-5 as  both winnings teams booked  their places in the semifinal of the Low Cup as the 2014 Lagos Polo International Tournament drifts to its climax this weekend.
Another Kano team, Titans also bagged a win in day 8 of the 10-day twin-phased tournament as they beat Lagos HST 6-2½ to enhance their chance of progressing from the stream 2 while Ibadan Eleyele lost 6-5 to Raven Rojo in the eight-team cup. 
Titans were defeated 6-5½ by city rivals Susplan in the first match and knowing they needed a win to avoid an exit, they opened score  through Ibrahim Audu's  was in the first chukka only for but Mohammed Mudeihli hits back for HST who ended the chukka leading 1½-1 due to their handicap inferiority.
Audu scored two quick goals -the second of which was a belly shot- to give Titans a comfortable 4-1 lead to end the chukka. Further goals by Sani Umar and Jamilu Umar in the third chukka puts daylight between the sides.
Audu signed off his man-of-the-match display when he finished off a breakaway move for his side's sixth goal making Ali Safieddine's goal for the Lagos side academic.
Two more trophies are up for grab today as Kano Keffi Ponies and Lagos Ironclad Fifth Chukker vie for the Italian Ambassador's Cup while two of the teams in the semifinal of the Low  Cup battle for the Lagos Governor's Cup.

The championship ends tomorrow with the Beginners Cup, Open Cup and Majekodunmi Cup up for grabs.