Team Dangote has emerged champions of the MTN sponsored 2016 Presidents’ cup tournament of the Lagos Polo Club.
The final game of the 3-day tournament was held at the weekend with team Dangote defeating team Shinkafi 6-4.Polo Speaking on the tournament, Sani Dangote, Group Vice President, Dangote Group of Companies and a former president of the Club, commended MTN Nigeria for sponsoring the tournament.
He described the relationship between MTN and the tournament as a special one that has improved the development of the game of polo in Nigeria.
Dangote’s nephews, Bashir, Usman and Sadiq who participated in the tournament, added that the special relationship between MTN and Nigerian polo, and particularly the Lagos Polo Club, remains one of the major high points in the development of the noble game of kings in Nigeria.
“We are happy with MTN for consistently supporting the Lagos Polo Club in organizing this tourney. The competition has grown to become one of Nigeria’s foremost polo tourneys and this is largely due to MTN’s support.
We are grateful for this and we look forward to keeping them as our partners to develop the game to enviable heights beyond the shores of Nigeria and Africa.” Dangote stated. Dangote, along with other past presidents of the club who were on hand to cheer the participating teams to victory in the three-day tourney, urged other corporate organizations to emulate MTN’s gesture in developing sports in the country.
Dola Bamgboye, MTN’s Events and Sponsorship Manager, assured that the company will continue to be a major contributor to sports development in the country in line with its commitment since it commenced operations in Nigeria in 2001. “Like the services we provide, polo is a unifying force that knows no boundaries. We are tapping into the passion that people feel for the game to bring to the front burner the need to develop the sports sector.
This is part of MTN’s contribution towards making life better for Nigerians,” he added. The exclusive polo fiesta which attracted over eight teams is revered as one of the biggest tournaments on the annual calendar of the Lagos Polo Club. The event ended on Sunday with Team Dangote and Team Shinkafi locked in a pulsating final.
The tournament also had teams Fasinro, Ogunbanjo, Akinrele, Amusan and Oshogwemoh as participants attracted the creme-de-la crème of the country.