Team Dangote Sunday emerged champions of the 2016 Lagos Polo Club President’s Cup following a 4-2 win over Team Shinkafi.
Bashir Dantata, a two- goal handicap player, was the architect of Dangote’s triumph scoring three of his side’s goals with his sibling Usman Dantata(0)registering the other goal in the tournament which has MTN as main sponsor with Veuve Clicquot as co sponsor.
The meeting of the sides who topped Streams A and B began on a frenetic note and it was Shinkafi who threatened to score the opener twice as Sahabi Tukur (+1) and Tobi Edun (2) couldn’t connect their shots in front of goal.
Moments later, it was the turn of Dangote, who also had Abubakar Yakubu (-2)and Yemo Alakija (1), to miss the chances of their own as Bashir and Usman have their shots rolled few yards off the goal.
Dangote’s hitman Bashir, eventually broke the deadline with a straight shot from about 30 yards after setting himself up to the right. Shinkafi, completed by Luqman Adebayo (0) and Neil Coventry (-1), responded instantly with Edun’s goal but Usman finished off a shot by Bashir from about 15 yards to hand advantage to Dangote heading to the penultimate chukka.
Bashir scored the last goal of the third chukka moments after Tukur had tied the game 2-2 to maintain a goal lead into the fourth and final chukka which saw Bashir’s 30-yarder as the only goal for a final 4-2 scoreline.
Team Akinkugbe defeated Team Amusan 5- 2 ½ goals to win the Subsidiary trophy. The highlight of the match saw Lagos Polo Club President, Ade Laoye (-2), scoring the second goal for Akinkugbe, who also had Osama Debs (0), Kayode Awogboro (2) and Adamu Yaro (3). Laoye was later substituted by Yasin Amusan (-2), who ironically was playing against his father’s team made by Lolu Agoro (-1), Yinka Alakija (0), Rotimi Makanjuola (+ 1) and Mohammed Mdheli (+2).
Team Oshogwemoh edged Team Akinrele 5-4 to win the 5th-6th place classification while the match between Team Fasinro and Team Ogunbanjo ended 5-5.
Dangote’s captain, Natalie Allen (-2), the only female player that featured in the eight-match eight-team tournament, expressed delight after she was presented the trophy. She scored twice in the 8-4 win over Fasinro on day 1 and was scheduled to play the last two chukkas but watched from the sideline due to the fierce nature of the match.
An exciting closing day was rounded off with fun after the ring of the bell by the Club President, Laoye signifying a delirious atmosphere.
The tournament used to serve as part of build up to the Lagos International Polo Championship with the clubs named after past presidents of the prestigious club.
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