The Sport of Kings – Africa makes polo its own

landroverpolo_10593SANDTON – Africa’s top polo players and teams will be up against their South African counterparts in an enthralling weekend of polo.

The Land Rover Africa Cup returns this spring to the prestigious Inanda Club situated in the heart of Sandton.

The Land Rover Africa Cup, a unique knockout polo championship, now in its sixth year, offers an action-packed day for polo lovers which will include a display of exceptional horsemanship. Last year’s event included participation by teams from Ghana, Uganda, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and Kenya as well as several South African teams. More than 3 000 people witnessed the closely contested and fast-paced final in which the South African Land Rover team beat the Imlingo team, also from South Africa, to win the coveted trophy.

This year’s tournament, which will take place over the weekend of 16 to 18 September, will feature some of Africa’s top polo players and teams up against their South African counterparts in an enthralling weekend of polo.
“Hugely successful in previous years, the Land Rover Africa Cup continues to provide a platform for exciting and dynamic polo action. We are continuing to grow and expand this tournament into one of the biggest polo tournaments on the continent,” said Paul Oosthuizen, Inanda Club general manager.

The City of Johannesburg’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Economic Development, councillor, Ruby Mathang, said this year marked the sixth consecutive year that Joburg Tourism and the City had supported this event. “As the City, each initiative we put our weight behind needs to benefit all residents and the developmental aspect of this tournament addresses just that,” he said.

He added that over the years, the Polo Development Programme had created several opportunities for talented but underprivileged players to participate in a sport that is expensive. “Inanda Club has made considerable gains in driving this transformation to make polo more accessible to the broader public,” said Mathang.

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