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Port Harcourt Polo Club ready for tournament next month 



The Port Harcourt Polo Club is ready to host players from within and outside Nigeria next January in what promises to be a glorious polo tournament.

The Vice President of the club, who is also the tournament chairman, Henry Agbojan stated this in Port Harcourt while briefing sports writers on the activities lined up for the NPA Port Harcourt Polo Tournament scheduled for January 14-20, 2023.


According to him, the polo tournament would have in attendance experienced players from all over Nigeria, in addition to foreign imports from England, Argentina, South Africa, among others.



While stating that the polo tournament with the theme, “bonding beyond challenges,” would be an excellent mixture of polo and entertainment, he  stressed that Rivers would be in worldwide spotlight as Port Harcourt hosts array of international stars.


“The polo tournament will portray Rivers state in positive light, you will witness good game of polo, we need the support of everybody to have an excellent atmosphere. On our part, we will be ready to offer a lifetime  experience to players and visitors alike.”


While also speaking, the president of Port Harcourt Polo Club, Ebi Diriyai commended sponsors who have identified with the tournament and added that since assuming office in July this year, the management committee has been working round the clock to organise a great event.



“We are creating the ambience and what will benefit our sponsors. We want to show that Rivers State is safe and have an exciting tournament, game of games; we decided to carry the public along, take polo to the public and encourage participation, we want to play chukkas in universities, take younger generations into the game of polo,” he stressed.


While explaining that teams are fully committed to arriving Port Harcourt, Diriyai appealed for more sponsors to come on board and commended Rivers State government for support over the years.



Dr Ikenna Nobolisa, who represented the tournament manager, disclosed that Port Harcourt Polo Club has one of the best pitches in Africa, pointing out that the lush green turf would be in superb state ahead of competition among various teams.


He further revealed that competition would take place in four different cups namely high, medium, low and beginners’ categories, saying it would give fans and visitors so much to see in how the game is played.




Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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