*He has done marvellously well with this new edifice
By Oluwole Francis
President, Nigeria Polo Federation (NPF) Francis Ogboro, at the weekend expressed delight at the new polo edifice in Argungu in Kebbi State just as th Argungu Polo tournament kicks off in the state.
The NSK Farms is hosting the Argungu Polo tournament at the its newly built polo field.
The tournament which is the maiden edition is been organised by Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, who doubles as the Turakin Kebbi and the patron of NSK Farms.
Ogboro who was one of guest of honour at the event said that the building of such a great edifice in Argungu was indeed a plus to the Nigerian Polo Federation (NPF).
“It’s encouraging to see polo players embarking on projects like this and it gladdens my heart because this helps to promote not just the sport but also the Federation. I have come all the way from Lagos just to show my support to Kangiwa for this very laudable project.
“What it means is that there will be additional polo players that will join the already large pool the NPF have. I am very happy with the facility here; you can see the club house coming up and the field which is a full-sized field for the game of polo.
“It indeed boasts of all the space required to build an international standard polo field. With time, all the other amenities will be in place. I’m sure by the time we come here for the next tournament, what we have seen will be even much better. I am truly impressed,” he said.
Also, Alhaji Isma’il Muhammed Mera, the Emir of Argungu, also hailed Kangiwa for his contribution to the Argungu community.
“I think Turaki (Kangiwa) has done very well. He has indeed put in a lot of his personal effort and resources to make this dream become a reality. He mentioned this to me about 16-18 months ago and I gave him my 100% support from the onset up to this point.
“We were here when he was in the process of trying to get all these facilities off the ground and I want to congratulate and commend him. So, it is our sincere pleasure to see this come to fruition. It is a very good effort.
“Polo is here and has come to stay in Argungu and we are so happy about it, ” he said.
The Argungu polo tournament got off to a flying start as Zaria West Stream, Argungu Mera Farms and Keffi Iyatu farms all recorded wins in their opening games.
Zaria West Stream defeated IGP Strikers 7½ -3 in the battle for supremacy in the Emir’s Cup, while Argungu Mera Farms beat 12½ -2 Dogonyaro Farms 7½ -5 also in the Emir’s Cup.
It was however a one-sided affair as Keffi Iyatu Farms whitewashed Sokoto Governor’s team 7-1 in the race for the Shehu Kangiwa Cup.
Other activities to mark the opening ceremony were cultural dances and displays, camel race, to mention a few.
Guests are the event were, the NPF President, Francis Ogboro, the Emir of Argungu, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Isma’il Muhammed Mera.
Others include ex-governors, members of Kebbi State House of Assembly, senior government officials, the diplomatic community, as well as polo enthusiasts.
The tournament which galloped off on Friday is expected to end on Sunday.
10 teams are competing in the event at NSK Polo Ranch and Resort along Sokoto-Argungu road in Birnin Kebbi.