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Polo: Access Bank/UNICEF Charity tourney gallops off May 21

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POLO lovers in Kaduna and its environs would be in for great feasts of the game when the best players from across the country and overseas converge on the Kangimi Resort for the 2015 edition of the Access Bank/Unicef Charity Shield tournament.

The competition holds from May 20 to May 31. It is the biggest charity polo event in Africa and according to the organisers at a press briefing in Lagos yesterday, this edition will feature 15 teams vying for honours in three categories, including the Access Bank Cup and the Argentine Ambassador’s Cup.

Speaking at the unveiling of the competition’s programme, Captain of Fifth Chukker Polo Club, Babangida Hassan, said the organisers were proud to continue in its established partnership with Access Bank and UNICEF.

He listed the participating teams to include Deebee Farms, Akasma, Titans, Trappco Liberty, Fas Agro Sacks and Meridian teams. Other teams are Susplan, Maigari Farms, Sublime, Sultana, Huawei, Max Air, Keffi Ponys, Lintex-Titans and title holders, Fifth Chukker Access Bank teams.

Also in the hunt for honours at the tournament are Susplan, Maigari Farms, Sublime, Sultana, Huawei, Max Air, Keffi Ponys, Lintex-Titans and title holders, Fifth Chukker Access Bank team.

He said the battles for the most prestigious prize, the Access Bank Cup and the low-goal UNICEF Cup promises an exciting experience with Deebee Farms and Akasma clashing in a potentially explosive game.

“The Access Bank Cup and the Argentine Ambassador’s Cup final are scheduled for May 24, while the Charity Shield grand finale with the defending champions, Fifth Chukker Access Bank aiming for a fourth straight victory, is scheduled for May 31,” he revealed.

Also speaking at the event, Executive Director, Personal Banking, Access Bank, Victor Etuokwu, said the bank had maintained its yearly donation of N10 million in supporting UNICEF towards its projects for orphans and vulnerable children.

He added, “In addition to that, the bank is continually seeking avenues through which more resources can be pooled towards supporting the children.

‘‘We are hoping to get more children needing support for instance, children orphaned by HIV/AIDS – especially the girl child into schools” says Jean Gough, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.

‘‘We have no doubt created the space for a lot of them to enjoy their rights to education through this partnership, but we aim to seek more community participation to achieve greater results.”


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