The first week of the MTN/GTBank 2014 Lagos Polo International Tournament came to an end on Sunday 23rd of February 2014 with three more titles namely Beginners Cup, Dansa Cup and Open Cup at stake.
Rotimi 'Polo Prince' Makanjuola was on fire as Lagos Fifth Chukker won the Oba of Lagos Cup, the first of the nine titles available following their 11-5 win over Lagos Ashbert 98.1.The decisive clash was in the Open Cup which also had Lagos Ark/ Good Fellows recording a 7-6½ win over Ironclad/ Taleveras.
The day also saw Kano Tripple KKK edged city rivals Kano Ibah 6½-6 to set up a Dansa Cup final clash with Unity Polo, who out-galloped Lagos Valkyrie 5-3.
The half point handicap advantage of the KKK proved to be decisive as Halifah Ibrahim final goal of the encounter led a frantic finale in the game that had both sides going neck-to-neck all through the four-chukka match.
Unity had qualified for the preliminary stage after beating Badboys in the playoff but they never looked like a side that came through the back-door as two quick goals in the first chukka was enough to put them in control. Skipper Abdulmumuni Musa added another at the midway of the second chukka but Valkyrie refused to lie low as Bashir Musa opened their goal account via a 40-yard penalty.
Abdulmumuni caused some panic when, early in the third chukka, he fell heavily from his speeding pony but he shrugged off the setback to continue the match to the delight of the large spectators.
To view photos and report from day 1 of the tournament, please click here.
To view photos and report from day 2 of the tournament, please click here.
To view photos and report from day 3 of tournament, please click here.
To view photos and report from gala night, please click here.
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