2019 GTB Lagos Polo: APlus Wins Oba of Lagos Cup


*Majekodunmi Cup takes centre stage

APlus Polo Team has become the first to win a major prize at the ongoing 2019 GTBank Lagos International Polo Tournament, defeating Caverton Sao Polo 7-61/2 in a tense final decided before a full house at the foremost Ribadu Road polo ground in Ikoyi at the weekend.

The Lukman Adebayo’s powered side that started on a half goal handicap advantage, went neck-and-neck with their top-rated Caverton Saopolo who opened score  in the early minutes of the first chukka and led till the fourth chukka , when APlus level up and took the lead to earned a hard fought victory.

Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty Oba Rilwan Akiolu who was the Special Guest of Honour of the day cheered all through the final as both teams battle their way to earn the crown played in his honour.

He afterward led other top dignitaries to present the prizes to the winners and runners-up at a brief prize presentation ceremony.

Lagos biggest polo prize, the Majekodunmi Cup will be the star attraction as the prestigious Lagos international polo extravaganza enters its grand finale this week in Ikoyi.

Ahead of the winner-takes-all final, aficionados of polo are already salivating the chance of witnessing the crowning of the new champions of the revered 67 year-old trophy as three teams square up for the crown. The defending champions, Fifth Chukker is unavoidably absent from the tournament this year.

Armed to the teeth with intimidating horse power and fortified with foreign professionals, the three contestants are the Bode Makanjuola led Lagos Centaurs who are making their second attempt at the title; Seyi Tinubu’s STL Warriors and the record setting Maurice Ekpenyong powered Almat Farmers from Abuja.

Horse for Horse, move for move, the trio are set for what would undoubtedly be one of the most contested Majekodunmi Cup in years.

Whoever survives the mayhem this weekend and clinch the title, should be ready to take as much as they give in this adrenalin rushing game of royalty.

The crowded Lagos Low Cup that attracted 14 ambitious and equally matched teams with a handful of rookies from all the major polo centres across the country promises to be another big spectacle

Two big subsidiary cups, the Italian Ambassador’s Cup and the Kaiser Cup, now Independence Cup reputed as the oldest polo prize in Nigeria competed for by high-goal teams since early 1900s, would add to the glamour of this international fiesta.

For another year running, the competition will host a renowned and faithful collection of sponsors supporting this long-standing event. Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) lead the sponsor’ board, joining the other distinguished team sponsors BUA Group, WAPIC Insurance, Arbico, ChapelHill  Denhem and Verve Champagne, as well as a new additions, Shell, Coca-Cola welcoming  polo aficionados.