Team Access Bank, Kano Rumbu win big as fiesta enters home run
Team Access Bank and Kano Rumbu polo teams were in excellent form on Sunday at the 2023 Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield polo tournament held at Fifth Chukker and Country Polo resort, Kaduna.
While Team Access Bank won the Access Bank Cup, Kano Rumbu emerged champions at the UNICEF Cup respectively.
The 2023 UNICEF Charity Shield polo fiesta, which galloped off in grand style with the Children Day celebration, climaxed at the weekend with Team Access Bank defeating former champions, Abuja Rubicon, 3-21/2 in a closely fought final to clinch the glittering Access Bank Cup.
Debutants, Kano Rumbu, defeated SKK Farm from Kaduna to win the UNICEF Cup, their first ever Charity Shield major title.
The highly revered charity fundraising platform and the 2023 tournament is an affirmation of the commitment of Access Holdings and its partners to socio-economic wellbeing of the society, and acknowledgement of the impact the initiative has had on the lives of the orphaned and vulnerable children in northern Nigeria especially in Kaduna state.
Off the pitch, one of the major highlights of the opening stage of the yearly charity event was the Children’s Day celebration with the immediate past first lady of Kaduna State and UNICEF Charity Shield ambassador, Hajia Aisha Ummi EL-Rufai, as the mother of the Day.
The Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield polo, which inaugurated its latest frontier in South Africa, has raised over N400 million for UNICEF in support of projects aimed at alleviating the plights of the underprivileged children in Kaduna State and its environs.
The second and grand finale of the 2023 charity polo fiesta continues this week with 11 teams loaded with professional players from Europe, Argentina and the best of their Nigerian counterparts jostling for two major prizes, the Usman Dantata Cup and the event’s biggest prize, the Charity Shield.
Three former winners, Abuja Rubicon, Haske and Williams from Yola and Golden Alchemy from Lagos are leading six other equally determined teams in the chase for the highly revered Usman Dantata Cup played in the ever-lasting memory of the late Nigerian polo icon and philanthropist.
A N10 million donation by Access Holdings and one of the biggest charity polo prizes in the world, the Charity Shield Cup, would undoubtedly be the hallmarks of this year’s event, as defending champions, Fifth Chukker team and last year’s runners-up take to the pitch for another make or mar contest.
From the serene lawns of Fifth Chukker Polo & Country resort, the international polo fiesta, which is hosted in phases starting in Kaduna State, Nigeria, will move to South Africa and climaxes with a pomp in Europe with the Access Bank Charity Shield Polo Day at the prestigious Guards Polo Club in London.
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