UNIICEF CHARITY POLO Fifth Chukker, Intershelter Win Access Bank Cup, UNICEF Titles
First stage of the prestigious 2021 UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament
climaxed on high with triumphs for Fifth Chukker and Intershelter
teams as the event enters its final stages, with nine teams jostling for honours.
Home fans’ favourites, Fifth Chukkers handed a thumping 11-7 defeat
over hard-fighting Jos Malcomines, to clinch the glittering Access
Bank Cup, just Intershelter secured a closed 6-4 victory for their
first UNICEF Cup title.
Both finals that were decided before a capacity crowd at the foremost
Kangimi Resort in Kaduna saw Fifth Chukker scoring three quick goals
in the opening chukka and go all the way for another Access Bank Cup
In contrast, the UNICEF Cup finals was a tense back and forth clash
that went all the way to the final chukka before Tata Ali Kura pulled
away Intershelter with two late goals against their resilience
Sublime((2) opponents , to separate the winners.
The grand finale stage of the international that has raised over N100 million in funds to support UNICEF projects for vulnerable children and the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Kaduna State and its environs, promises to be more exciting as nine equally match teams vie for honours.
Three teams, including many times champions, Access Bank team, last
year finalist, Malcomines and Barbedors jostling for the event
biggest prize, the Charity Shield, while six ambitious teams would
lock in a trench war for the Usman Dantata Cup.
Major highlight of the opening stage of the annual charity event this
year, was undoubtedly the Children Day celebration with the First Lady
of Kaduna State, Hajia Aisha Ummi EL-Rufai as the Mother of the Day.
The First Lady, who celebrated the Children’s Day with pupils
from selected school around Kaduna, thumbs up the partners for using
the Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield polo platform to enhance the
educational and health well being of children in a most special way.
“There is an important need for both private and public sectors to do
a lot more in support of the Nigerian child, particularly the orphans
and vulnerable children to enable them look forward to a better
tomorrow,” the Kaduna State First Lady added.