I have always perceived the polo game to be a fashionable one. With athletic, strapping looking men clothed in well-tailored light in weight outfit, riding a mix of fast horses and taking swings with their mallets, Polo is indeed a beautiful sport to see. Habitually played on horsebacks, the team sport’s objective is to score goals against an opposing team on a grass field up to 300 by 160 yards. To win, all they need do is drive a small white ball into the opposing team’s goal using a long-handled mallet.
Polo in Nigeria is well known to be the desired leisure for the wealthiest folks, definitely not a game for ‘all and sundry’. And that is why it is referred to as the ‘Sport of Kings’, because of it immense luxury, usually often packed with the crème de la crème. There are over 10 Polo Clubs in Nigeria, but we will be narrowing it down to the five best-known Nigerian polo clubs.
LAGOS POLO CLUB
According to reports, the Lagos club was the origin of polo in Nigeria. It was introduced in the 1900s by British Naval Officers and was played on an air strip that was shared between the Lagos Polo Club and the Ikoyi Club. Located in the heart of Lagos (Polo road, off Ribadu road, Ikoyi), joining the club you have to be skilled and if you are not, then you must be rich enough to be allowed in. However, the club has preserved the standard of its tournament and facilities and is celebrated for its cordiality.
FIFTH CHUKKER POLO & COUNTRY CLUB
Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club is located in KM2, Kaduna-Jos Road, Plateau State. The club was founded in 2001, and it’s recognised as a private-public business that represents the new, in the old world of the equestrian sport of Polo in Nigeria. The club has over four hundred thoroughbred polo ponies stabled in a three thousand hectare resort.
PORT HARCOURT POLO CLUB
The Port Harcourt Polo Club in Tombia Street, G.R.A, Port Harcourt, Rivers, was created in 1972 by the Nigerian Army. But in 1974, the civilian took over the management and the club is duly recognised as a Polo playing Club by the Nigeria Polo Association. The sites of the club have a large polo field stables, lush green lawns amongst others, and It provides a unique environment for relaxation, horse riding and polo playing.
EL-AMIN POLO TEAM NIGERIA KANO, ZARIA, KANO, NIGERIA
Located in the northern part of Nigeria, the El-Amin Polo Club is the nation’s number one in polo rating in Nigeria. It was founded in 1995, the famous team of the El-Amin club has won tournaments making it not only Nigeria’s best and dominant team. The Club’s Game has become a significant event in the social and tourism calendar in the Northern part of the country.
ZARIA POLO CLUB
Established in 1910 in the northern part of Nigeria, about six years after the Lagos Polo Club was created, Zaria Polo Club in Muhammad Aminu Square, Queen Elizabeth Road GRA, Zaria, Kaduna was inactive for years. Efforts were later put together by members in making sure the club was revived, and it came to life. The club was founded by the British Army and was later joined by both emigrants and local citizens.