Other Sports of Monday, 14 October 2013
Source: Daily Graphic
Nigeria got a befitting trophy for their Independence Day celebration in Accra when they beat Ghana 4-31/2 in the ‘Nigeria Independence Day Cup’ at the Accra Polo club last Saturday.
It was a sweet revenge for the Nigerians who lost to Ghana last year in the same competition.
Team Ghana, sponsored by Vodafone, paraded the likes of Dishan Ibrahim, Eric Gene, Lariposker Saneo and Damein Duncan whiles the Nigerians, sponsored by Access Bank, featured Yusuf Garba, Hassan Ramalan, Muhammad Dawule and Lawal Mohammed.
Nigeria started on a bright note and deservedly got the opener in the first chukker through Captain Yusuf Garba.
The Nigerian goal-poacher added a second few minutes later when he led ahead of a full-gallop to slot home the visitors’ second goal.
In the second chukker, Mohammed Lawal made it three for the visitors after another full-gallop by the pack saw him ahead and slotting the ball into the empty goal post.
But the Ghanaians came back strongly in the third chukker cancelling all three goals through Eric Gene ( who scored twice) and Damian Duncan.
However, the visitors’ superiority and experience helped agile Yusuf Garba to score the match winner at the stroke of match time.
Garba for his efforts got the Most Valuable Player trophy while his horse, Juan, owned by Mallam Ahmed Dasuki, received the best pony trophy.
Nigeria got the best team trophy and the champions trophy while Ghana won a consolation prize