*Former Governor of Sokoto, Shehu Kangiwa, remembered
More than 10 polo teams are set to compete at the maiden edition of the NSK Polo tournament scheduled to hold from 14th to 16th in Argungu, Kebbi State.
The tournament will take place at NSK Polo Ranch and Resort located along Sokoto-Argungu road.
Nura Kangiwa, the Patron of NSK Farms, said it on Friday that the tournament was the first of its kind to take place in the state.
He said the aim of the tournament was to revive the game of polo in that part of the country.
“Sokoto state used to be the hub of the game of polo during the days of my late grandfather, Alhaji Shehu Kangiwa, who was one of the most popular politicians of the Second Republic.
“Kangiwa who ruled the old Sokoto State (comprising today’s Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States) was a very strong polo enthusiast and organised several tournaments to promote the sports.
“His tenure was however unfortunately cut short by a polo field accident on 17th November, 1981 in Kaduna. After his death, the sports kind of went extinct in that part of the country.
“Since then, our youths have been yearning and clamouring for the sports to comeback to the state. So, my goal is revive the dreams and legacy of my late grandfather,” he said.
NSK Farms, a vibrant polo club in Abuja have previously organised numerous polo tournaments including a Democracy day tournament in honour of President Buhari and Aminu Tambuwal, the governor of Sokoto State.
NSK Farms had in collaboration with the Nigeria-Belize Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture
(NBCCIA), organised a charity polo tournament in commemoration of the visit of the First Lady of Belize, Her Excellency Lady Simplis Barrow in Keffi, Nassarawa state.
Kangiwa, who holds the traditional title, “Turakin Kebbi’’, noted that the NSK polo tournament was a special event independent of the popular Argungu fishing festival which he recalled was earlier scheduled to take place this month.
“Unfortunately, the Argungu fishing festival which was initially scheduled for March would not be able to hold this year again due to circumstances beyond our control.
“However, the polo tournament which was supposed to be one of the events lined up for the festival will now be hosted independently by NSK Farms,” he said.
He explained that the participating teams for the polo tournament would compete for various cups donated and sponsored by government bodies, corporate organisations and individuals during the event.
“The three-day tournament will see the participating teams compete for five different cups namely; the Shehu Kangiwa Memorial Cup (for veterans), Umar Shinkafi Memorial Cup, Governor’s Cup, Emir of Argungu Cup and Muhammadu Mera Memorial Cup.
“The tournament will bring together the elite, governors, ministers, captains of industries, distinguished senators, members of representatives, sports enthusiasts, business moguls, tourists and individuals alike,’’ he said.
He also revealed that other side attractions would include Durbar; an ensemble of horses and horsemen in artistic formation commonly found among the people of Northern Nigeria, traditional music and dance.
“In addition to the durbar and cultural dances, we will have a camel racing competition and variety night.
“The event promises to be outstanding due to the calibre of teams, players and members of the diplomatic community who will add glamour to the tournament,” he said.