Polo families unite for Wigwe in Kaduna

The Dantata, Dangote, Dagazau and Mangal families are some of the renowned polo dynasties that have paid record entry fees to participate in this year’s  Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield Polo tournament in memory of Herbert Wigwe, the late former group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Access Corporation who died with his wife Chizoba and son Chizzy in a US helicopter crash in February. 

like the Mangals who are fielding two teams – Mangal cement and Max Air – other big stables fielding two or more teams include Barbedos, MSD BabyBear, Clearwater Farms, Brickmore and Fifth Chukker.

In all, a total of a record 27 teams are battling for top honours across four handicap categories from May 28 till June 8, 2024, at Fifth Chukker Lawns, Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Club, Kaduna.

The coveted trophies, to be competed for in two stages are UNICEF cup, Access Bank cup, Usman Dantata cup and the Charity Shield.

In a multi media release by Fifth Chukker Head of Administration, Yusuf Saab, the two-week long event is because “Mr Wigwe was a most beloved partner and benefactor, and he personally oversaw the realization of several impact-driven community projects benefitting orphaned and vulnerable children in northern Nigeria andespecially in Kaduna state.” 

Brickmore and Barbedos got the tournament underway with the opening match on Tuesday in the UNICEF cup which will be decided this weekend at the end of the first stage and also has as conteders; Mangal Cement,

SKK Farms, AW Mohali, Tharwa BoiBoi, Gilas Ismanaf, Polo Magazine, MSR and MSD BabyBear II. 

The medium goal Access Bank cup also to be decided this weekend  fields Max Air, Clearwater Farms, Farm To You, Fifth Chukker II and Access Bank.
 
The Usman Dantata cup raises the curtains for the second and grand finale stage billed for June 4-8, 2024.

The teams in the mix for this title include Badako Zaz, Sublime 60 Yards, Rumbu, Pop Cola, Clearwater Farms II, MSD BabyBear, Barbedos and Brickmore. Thereafter, two of Nigeria’s biggest and most celebrated high goal teams, Malcomines and title holders Fifth Chukker, will square off for the Charity Shield decider on the penultimate day of the tournament, and then return to the fray on the finale for the Herbert Wigwe Memorial Cup to draw the 2024 tournament a close.