We have been following all the exciting action from the 2013 Lagos Polo International Tournament all week on BellaNaija! Today, the winner of the Dansa Cup will emerge and that ends this segment of the tournament. Don’t worry, there is more next week as the Low, Majek & Governor’s Cup matches will take place from the 6th to the 10th of March 2013.
Photos from Saturday’s action below! Congrats to Lagos Tavia Trojan for lifting the Oba of Lagos Cup!
Photo Credit: Klearpics Polo Photography
Santiago Cernades inspired Lagos Tavia Trojan to win the Oba of Lagos Cup by beating Kano Titans 10½ – 8 yesterday at the Lagos Polo International Tournament.
Trojan which parades Ayo Olashoju, Mario Gomes and Kunle Tinubu made good advantage of their 1½ handicap goal to retain the title they also won last year.
In another match played yesterday, Mohammed Mdheli scored all of his side’s goals but Jamilu Umar stole the show as Lagos Ericsson beat Lagos HST 6-4 to set up a final clash with Kano Ibah for the Dansa Cup as the first set of titles are concluded today in the Lagos Polo International Tournament.
Umar scored twice in the opening chukka converting a 10-yard penalty and another 20 yards tap-in but Mdheli reduced the tally by half with a low shot in a crowded goal area for 2-1. However, Abdulmumuni Musa scored a brilliant individual goal that saw his shot rolled into the goal in a move he started from about 100 yards.
Umar thereafter took over the match scoring three successive individual goals the last of which drew a resounding applause from the enthusiastic polo faithful that thronged the Ribadu Road Polo club.
Mdheli then scored two quick goals just before the close of the third chukka to reignite the hope of a great comeback by the HST who were trailing 6-3 heading into the final chukka.
Although, Mdheli managed to score another goal after Tade Oyinlola missed a clearance shot, it was too little too late as the match came to an end seconds later.
In a match that preceded the tie, Kano Ibah continued their impressive form by whitewashing Ibadan Mapo by 7-1½ in a match which saw Halifa Ibrahim displayed great polo skills to spearhead a one-sided game.
Ibah had defeated Ibadan Eleyele in their first match and outclassed the Oyo State-based team who stated the match on a ½ goal handicap advantage.
The wins by Ericsson and Dala rendered the day’s first match between Lagos T-Raiders and Ironclad academic with the Hustlers winning the hard-fought encounter 7-6 ½.