Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu has thumbed up the 2023 international polo tournament as one of the biggest polo festivals in the world, pledging that he would do everything possible as a member of the club to lift the game to higher heights.
The number one Lagos citizen, who was inducted as the latest member of Nigeria’s premier club over the weekend as part of the ceremonies marking the climax of the second stage of the prestigious fiesta, described the noble game as a family game and the biggest tourism attraction to the country over the years.
Sanwo-Olu who was conducted to a guided facility tour of the arena by Club President, Bode Makanjuola, members of the Management Committee and past Presidents and Trustees, welcomed all participating players, invited guests and polo enthusiasts for making the fiesta such a special experience.
The polo-loving governor who was the Special Guest of Honour in the final stages of the second week of the festival , rolled the ball for the final of the glittering Lagos Governor’s Cup that was won by home crowd favourites, Elektron Aragon team that defeated Kaduna Dattaku 7-21/2 to clinch the prize.
Meanwhile, Golden Ranch team had earlier won the Lagos Heritage Cup 5-4 on extra chukka after coming from behind to draw 4-4 at the end of regulation time. Asharaf Yahaya was the game winner, scoring two quick goals to extinguish the tall ambition of the Iba Oil & Gas team from Kano.
The biggest winners of the glamorous Eko polo festival belongs to Lagos Leighton Kings team returned to winning ways over the weekend to reclaim the event’s biggest prize the Majekodunmi Cup they lost last year on sudden death goal to Lintex-Intercontra.
With that victory, the Jolaoso-powered team has emerged the overall winner of the showpiece, carting home four major titles from the 2023 edition of the prestigious polo festival that enters its grand finale this weekend, with 26 teams jostling for the Low Cup, Silver Cup and three subsidiary prizes.
Other big winners include the Bashir Dantata led Lintex-Intercontra that defeated the NexGen team to retain the Italian Ambassador Cup they won last year, and debuting Lagos Art Hotel parading the only female professional in the tournament, Neku Edun, defeated Dangote/ Sublime to earn their first Oba of Lagos Cup crown.
Tournament Manager Mayowa Ogunnusi confirmed that 26 teams from major polo centers across the country and host Lagos, would battle for two major prizes, the Low-Cup and the Silver Cup respectively.
He disclosed that a handful of subsidiary prizes and individual awards would be contested for and won by best performing teams and individual –players who distinguish themselves during the month-long polo extravaganza.