The first stage of the ongoing Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield international Polo tournament ended on Sunday with outsiders, Fifth Chukker upstaging favourites and former winners, Tila Farms to win the prestigious Usman Dantata Cup.
The Adamu Atta powered Chukkers who were over looked by bookmakers before the race galloped off, jumped into the lead from the starting bell, winning their two steam games in a round robin format that pitch four ambitious teams.
Watched by a capacity crowd, Fifth Chukker open with a spark scoring two quick goals through Andrea Crespo who pivoted them to a 8-41/2 victory.
Tila responded in the second chukkas through Tijani Ahmed Altaf Suleiman and Rabiu Mohammed, but their efforts came too late as the quartet of Bashir Aliyu, Murtala Aliyu, Crespo and team skipper Farouk Dangiwa held tied to run out first ever champions of the debuting Usman Dantata Cup.
“This is unbelievable. As late comers nobody gave us a chance, but by cheer determination and the overwhelming support of our fans, we make it to the final and produced a stunning performance that over haul favourties and secured us the glittering cup,” declared Fifth Chukker Captain, Farouk Dangiwa.
Dangiwa who was voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the first stage of the charity event, thank Access Bank Plc for sponsoring UNICEF Charity Shield and dedicated their first Usman Dantata Cup title to the orphans and less privilege children across the country.
The second stage of the international polo fiesta continue throughout the week with Lagos based STL team leading the pack for the race for the glittering Access Bank Cup.
STL parading team patron, Seyi Tinubu, Abdulrahman Mohammed, Tom Lebrum and Leurue Hendriks lost marginally 6-61/2 to homers, team Kangimi in their second game, but still managed to stay top of the race, thanks to their thumping 10-61/2 defeat of Jos Malcomines in the opening game.
For over a decade this partnership has gone from strength to strength and many projects have benefited from the collaboration. A remodeled primary school and rural water projects funded by the Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield tournament were commissioned recently.
The Charity Shield began in 2003 as platform to support local charity organizations in Kaduna. Since 2006 this humanitarian effort has been geared exclusively towards UNICEF intervention projects for orphans and vulnerable children in Kaduna State.
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