The prestigious national polo tour that gallops off in grand style in Katsina and Kano a fortnight, is heading to the northeastern part of the country for the glamorous Yola’2019 international polo tournament.
Revered as one of the biggest polo fiestas in the northeastern part of the country, the prestigious event stands alone as the biggest sporting cum tourism attraction to Adamawa State, under the auspices of the Lamido Adamawa, His Royal Highness, HRH Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa.
Powered majorly by the Adamawa State Government and a consortium of corporate and individual sponsors, this year’s grand fiesta promises to be the biggest in years, if the words of the Vice-Captain of Yola Polo Club, Aliyu Dahiru, is anything to go by.
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Dahiru who disclosed in this chat with Polo Royals in Kano few days back insisted that the prestigious annual event would be one of the biggest, but the most fiercely contested in years.
“With the firm support of our Grand patron, His Royals Highness, the Lamido, Yola is set to host the world from September 28 through to the first week of October in another vintage polo extravaganza, he assured.
The Vice-Captain who was speaking on behalf of his Captain, Mohammed Baba, added that the ancient city of Yola is wearing new looks ahead of the prestigious festival that attracts polo buffs in their thousands annually.
Dahiru hinted that over 20 teams from far-flung cities like Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Abuja, Zaria, Jos, Minna, Bauchi, Argungu, and neighbouring Maiduguri, among others, participating in the weeklong festival.
“On behalf of Yola Polo Club, I’m very happy to report that Yola is good to go as the 2019 edition of our most cherished tournament is just by the corner,” he declared.
“We have put everything in place to make this edition very special for the players, our numerous guests and thousands of the expected polo enthusiasts,” Dahiru declared.
Main prizes at stake during the exciting polo extravaganza include the high stake Governor’s Cup and The Lamido Cup which is the oldest prize in the over 78 years old history of the noble game in the kingdom.
Others are Admiral Nyako’s Cup, INTEL Cup, ABTICup, General Hassan Cup, A.A. Mustapha Cup, and M.C. Tahir Cup, among others.