Access Bank Day offers returns on, off the playing field – The Sun Nigeria


The vibrant Access Bank Day made a wonderful return to Guards Polo Club on Saturday, once again providing a fabulous fundraiser accompanied by plenty of polo. The pandemic had forced the Club’s banking partner to postpone its hugely popular annual event for two consecutive years, which is why this year’s Access Bank Day was particularly important.

The Access Bank Cup, which traditionally mixes customers and some of the biggest names in gaming currently playing in the UK, resulted in a victory for Access Bank.

They beat Fifth Chukker 6-5 at The Queen’s Ground. Ali Albwardy, Founder of Desert Palm Polo Club in Dubai and Patron of the Dubai Top Team, stepped forward to receive the trophy from HH the 14th Emir of Kano, Sanusi, Lamido Sanusi and HRH the Emir of Zazzau , Ahmed N Bamalli .

Ali, who had scored the majority of his team’s goals, also received the top pony award for Jasmine, who he had played in the first and third chukkas.

Ali’s teammate and Access Bank Day regular Adamu Atta was also impressive in this game, making solid runs on goal.

The Most Valuable Player award went to Fifth Chukker’s Ryk Neethling. Ryk has only been playing polo since lockdown but put in a great performance in this game. His sporting prowess should come as no surprise as this South African is an Olympic gold medalist swimmer!

Juan Martin Nero, Santi Cernadas, Barto Castagnola and Guillermo Terrera kept the game going, but it was as much about having fun with friends as it was about playing to win.


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