This year’s edition of the annual Lagos International Polo Cup is billed to begin Wednesday, March 13, with teams competing for five trophies – Silver Cup, Open Cup, Oba of Lagos Cup, Low Cup and Majekodunmi Cup.
The competition, which holds at Lagos Polo Club, Ikoyi, has featured in the past top players like Alphonso Pieres, Gonzalo Pieres and Alan Kent, such that this year’s edition again promises excitement for polo fans.
Some of the players expected this year include , a seven-goaler from Argentina, Tomas Fernandez Llorente, as well as South Africa’s Tom De Bryune and Diego White, a +6 handicap player from Argentina.
Other top polo professionals that are expected in Lagos in midweek are Chris Mckenzie, Pedro Soria, Leroux Hendrix, and Martin Waiganjo.
Managing director of the sponsors, Guarantee Trust Bank, Segun Agbaje described polo as the sport of kings, adding that their continued partnership with the competition is in line with the policy of using sports to unify Nigerians.
He noted that the competition has grown over the years to become one of the most anticipated social and sporting events of the year.
Agbaje added: “We love the game of polo, the passion and the symbiosis between the players and their horses.
“Most importantly, we hold a strong affinity to the sport of kings, as it reflects quality, competitiveness and fair play.
“These are some of the values that have made GTBank a proudly African and truly international financial institution.
“Our sponsorship of the 2019 NPA Lagos International Polo Tournament demonstrates our strong belief in the role of sports in developing and uniting our society.”