36 teams for GTCO polo tourney


The 2023 GTCO Lagos International Polo Tournament gallops off on Saturday with a record 36 teams jostling for honours in four major prizes and six subsidiary laurels.

The teams will compete for the Silver Cup, Lagos Low Cup, Open Cup and Majekodunmi Cup, regarded as the most coveted polo prize in Africa.

The subsidiary prizes are the Oba of Lagos Cup, Governor’s Cup, Adedapo Ojora Memorial Cup, Sani Dangote Cup and Italian Ambassador’s Cup, while the Lagos Heritage Cup, Chief of Naval Cup and the Independence Cup would also be won during the fiesta.

For the second time, the event will be decided over three weeks. Six teams will compete for the Open Cup, marking the opening week January 28 to February 5, while the Majekodunmi Cup takes centre stage February 7 to 12, with three teams, including champions Lintex, former champions Leighton Kings and a debutant battling for the top prize.

The final week of February 13 to 19 features 27 teams drawn from major polo centres across the country battling for the Silver Cup.

GTCO Corporate Communications official, Derin Alex-Adedipe, said, “It has been a privilege to be part of the success story of polo with regards to the fact that the Lagos Polo International tournament is the prime tournament in Africa, and we can only hope that we get better in more years to come.”

Tournament Manager, Olumayowa Ogunnusi, who commended GTCO at a press conference heralding the 2023 edition, stated,” It’s going to be three weeks of thrilling polo experience for our esteemed sponsors, partners and lovers of the noble game.”