Access Bank UNICEF Charity Polo 2015: Huawei Wins Access Bank Cup

Campaigns for honours in the ongoing Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield International Polo Tournament enter its crucial stages Wednesday with outsiders, Huawei upstaging favourites Mar Air in the final to win the prestigious Access Bank Cup.

The Mohammed Babangida  powered Huawei  who joined the race for the event’s second biggest trophy, jumped into the lead  in the  round robin face off  after a slim 6-51/2 victory in their opening game  decided Monday and held on to earn their first ever Access Bank Cup title.

The Access Bank Cup final was one the most competitive in years as the two teams went neck-to neck till the third chukka of the five chukkas clash, when Huawei came back from three goals down to grab a 5-4 lead with two chukkas to spare.

Watched by a capacity crowd that included members of the National Assembly, traditional rulers and thousands of polo enthusiasts, Max Air dug deep in the final chukkas to revive their hopes, but was only able to score two goals as the resilience Huawei struck twice through Bello Buba and Mohammed Babangida to clinch a sensational 6-5 victory.

 “This is unbelievable. As late comers nobody gave us a chance, but by sheer determination and the overwhelming support of our fans, we made it to the final and produced a stunning performance that overhaul the defending champions and secured us the glittering Access Bank Cup”, declared Fifth Huawei Captain, Babangida.

Babangida, commended Access Bank Plc for providing the Charity Shield platform for the teams to showcase their talents, the fans for their support and dedicated their first Access Bank Cup title to their teeming less privileged children across the country, whose plights fired Huawei throughout their victorious campaign.

The Zonal Head Commercial Banking Division of Access Bank, Joseph Ikpaanyam  and the Magajin Zazzau, Alhaji Nuhu who cheered every moment of the exciting Access Bank Cup final, presented the glittering Access Bank Cup to the winners and decorated the Max Air that finished runners-up.

Ikpaanyam who expressed delight at the huge turnout for the Access Bank Cup final, congratulates the winners and the runners-up, Max Air and urged others who could not make it to the final to redouble their efforts and prepare well ahead of the 2016 edition.

The internationally acclaimed Access Bank UNICEF Charity Polo tournament which entered its grand finale this weekend had earlier produced its first champion, Fifth Chukker team that defeated Kangimi 3-2 to win the Argentine Ambassador’s Cup.