Polo In Nigeria……., The Journey Thus Far.

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By Peter Eben

Polo in Nigeria is as old as the country, first played by European naval officers in the early years of the twentieth century. The game was introduced to Lagos in 1914 before spreading to Northern Nigeria.

The rules of the game is managed by the Nigerian Polo Federation.

The earliest games were played in Ikoyi on a strip of land shared between the Lagos Polo Club and Ikoyi Club.[1] The first major competition started in 1914, when on behalf of kaiser Wilhem II, Wilhelm Solf donated a trophy to a competition between German Kameroun and British Nigeria, the annual cup was known as Kaiser Wilhelm Cup until 1960 when it became known as the Independence Cup.

Notable names that contributed to the growth of Polo in Nigeria includes former Emir of Katsina, Late Usman Nagogo dan Muhammadu Dikko, whose visit to Hurlingham in the 1920’s influenced his decision to develop the sport in Katsina.
Others includes; Late Ahmadu Yakubu, Late Sen. Ibrahim Idris Kuta, and Late Gen. Hassan Usman Katsina.

Numerous Polo Clubs are situated all over Nigeria who participate in tourneys both within and outside shores of the country.
They include;
Kaduna Polo Club, Lagos Polo Club, Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Club, Jos Polo Club, Kano Polo Club and the Katsina Polo Club, Portharcourt Polo Club, to mention but a few.

On 16th November 2020, Rubicon Polo Club, with their Captain Jamilu Mohammed and the likes of the Badamasi brothers; Abdulmalik and Idris, defeated Lintex Polo Club to emerge winners of the President’s Cup during the Nigeria National Polo Carnival at the Guards Polo ground in Abuja.

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