The Port Harcourt Polo Club says it is ready to host players from within and outside Nigeria in what promises to be a glorious polo tournament this January.
It is the NPA Port Harcourt Polo Tournament, which will hold from January 14 to 20, 2024. Vice-President of the Club who is also the Tournament Chairman, Henry Agboja, while unveiling the programme of activities said the club would host experienced players from all over Nigeria, in addition to foreign players from England, Argentina and South Africa, among others.
With the theme, “Bonding beyond challenges,” Agboja said the tournament would be an excellent mixture of polo and entertainment, noting that Rivers State would be the polo world’s centre of attention as Port Harcourt hosts the array of international stars.
H said: “The polo tournament will portray Rivers State in positive light; you will witness good game of polo and 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.”
Also speaking on the tournament, President of the Club, Ebi Diriyai, commended sponsors for identifying with the tournament, adding that since assuming office in July last 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 chukkers in universities, take younger generations into the game of polo,” he said.
Diriyai appealed for more sponsors to come on board to sponsor the event and commended Rivers State government for its support over the years.
Dr Ikenna Nobolisa who represented the tournament manager, noted that the stage is set for a memorable tournament, adding that Port Harcourt Polo Club has one of the best pitches in Africa. The lush green turf would be in superb state ahead of competition among various teams, he said.
According to him, competition would hold in four different cups, including medium, low and beginners’ categories, saying it would give fans and visitors opportunity to understand how the game is played.