Update – Sport of Kings
September 25, 2016
Wednesday, 21 September, 2016 – Crowds from Johannesburg and the rest of the Continent descended to the Inanda Club, Sandton as the action kicked off for the final day of the Land Rover Africa Cup tournament held on Sunday, 18 September.
World-class polo players put on a riveting display of horsemanship for the audience to appreciate the nobel sport. This year, the tournament saw teams from Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria and 4 representative teams from South Africa including the development side “Above and Beyond” competing for top honors on the final day. The four winning teams were team Gaggenau from Egypt taking 4th place; Rockblend winning 3rd place & the plate winners were Keffi Polo Ranch, from Nigeria. Team Airbus Helicopters Kenya clinched the coveted Land Rover Africa Cup trophy with a victorious score of 7 – 6 goals in the final chukka. The Most Valued Player award went to Johan Van Reenen, for demonstrating extraordinary sportsmanship and the highest game skills throughout the weekend-long tournament.
Land Rover and the Inanda Club are delighted for yet another excellent tournament, despite Mother Nature’s capricious behavior with a torrent of rain showers and freezing weather. More than 3000 people, including VIPs, sponsors and corporate hospitality clients attended the matches over the tournament. Local celebrities such as Top Billing’s Maps Maponyane, 5FM’s Ayanda Thabethe, fashion blogger & Photographer Jerri Mokgofe, Former Miss South Africa, Melinda Bam and TV presenter Amanda Du-Pont enhanced the glitz and glamour of the day with their Quintessentially African – Above & Beyond theme inspired fashion.
“We are extremely pleased with the outcome – said Paul Oosthuizen, General Manger of the Inanda Club. “Extensive planning and work goes into organizing this event and the success of this weekend bore testimony to that”.
The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the tournament’s signature Horse vs Machine race between a thoroughbred, with Inanda Club’s Craig James on the saddle, in a head-to-head contest against the Range Rover Evoque Convertible which was won for the third year in succession by the powerful machine.