March 9, 2010

MTN/Lagos Polo: Police Bombers, Caverton pick final tickets

As the first phase of the ongoing MTN/Lagos International Polo Tournament came to a befitting climax Sunday, two Lagos teams, Police Bomber and Caverton booked their final berth in the Dansa and the Lagos Cups respectively.

The two teams who galloped off the tournament with a spark, won all games to top their respective streams  in the fiercely contested low-goals and are building up for their first ever Lagos major title.

Caverton, powered by Bode and Rotimi Makanjuola, put up a champaign performance, scoring a whopping 19 goals and conceding a paltry five goals to set the pace in the Lagos Low Cup.

The Makanjuola Boys who are playing their second Lagos international tournament will have their hands full as they clash with Costain West Africa who finished tops in Stream B.

The race for the Low Cup final billed for this weekend was concluded Sunday with Lagos Balmoral taking the hard fighting Ibadan Dream team whose last victory  in the crowded Low Cup title was four years ago.

In the crowd pulling Dansa Cup, the Nigerian Police Bombers who returned to action after a decade in the cool, are having the fun of their lives, beating every opponent on their way to the final.

Backed by their teeming supporters and the big muscle of the Force Headquarters, the Bombers are firing on all cylinders, scoring a record 24 goals in two games to smash their way to the driving seat of the Dansa Cup race.
The Bombers who are fondly called the Onovo Boys will take on another highly ambitious side, Port Harcourt Protea team who are still on high after winning the Rotimi Cup at the Ibadan annual polo tournament two months ago.

The Garden City warriors who are flying the flag of the oil rich Niger Delta in the Nigerian Polo Federation sanctioned event have said that it would take more than the Police Force to dissuade them from returning to the Rivers State capital city with the Dansa title.

“We did not come to Lagos to admire the bridges and we are in no mood to taking prisoners. The Police team are good but we are better and that is what we intend to display  at the final,” declared the former President of Port Harcourt Polo Club, Victor Fingesi who plays for Protea.

The second and final phase of the MTN/Lagos’2010 international polo fiesta is billed to gallop on Thursday with teams vying for the event’s biggest prize, the Majekodunmi and the Lagos Open Cups respectively.