The prestigious 2023 Kaduna international polo tournament that was highlighted by the debut of the Renewed Hope Cup came to a thrilling climax last week, producing four proud champions topped by Kangimi Resort team winning their first ever Georgian Cup tile and Kaduna Profile re-affirming their supremacy as the kings of Imani Cup.
The new trophy that was played in recognition of the ongoing efforts to restore peace and harmony within the Nigerian polo family, saw President Kaduna Polo Club leading a high-profile team of Senator Halilu Jika, Prince Aminu Abdulmumuni and Mohammed Sani Gote to victory against the quartet of Atiku Abubakar Salleh, Kashim Bukar, Abdulkarim Aminu and Bello Buba.
Spread over two weeks of high-octane polo games decided before a jam-packed Murtala Square venue, the 2023 Kaduna polo festival that celebrated its 104th anniversary, that threw up promising youngsters like Amir Kapeh Kazir, Abdulrazak Jamilu Mohammed and the only female youngster, Tope Eniola from Ibadan saw home teams sweeping all the major titles.
Led by the rampaging fifteen times winners and Kangimi Resort in a sterling Georgian Cup campaign, the homes teams went on to clinch the Immani Cup, won by Kaduna Profile and the revered Emir of Katsina Cup where Kaduna Sublime wrote their names on gold beating Lagos Iba Oil & Gas to the title.
With the solitary exception of the top firing Nigerian Army team coached by General Kapeh Kazir that provided the biggest upset of the tournament defeating the ambitious Armis team in a fierce final to retain the EL-Amin Cup.