Kaduna EL-Amin Celebrates 8th Georgian Cup Title EL-Amin Show GeorgianCup Supremacy in Kaduna’2010 The much waited Kaduna’2010 International Polo Tournament that took the political hob of northern Nigeria by storm has come and gone, but the enduring legacies of the historic fiesta would remain for a long in the mind of thousands who witnessed the grand event and the millions who followed it on the media.
Revered for its pomp and pageantry, this year’s Kaduna polo grand slam was truly grandiose in its overwhelming excitements and shatters all available records as the most attended and the most contested international polo tournament in the country in decades.
With a record fifty top polo teams from all the major polo clubs across the country and selected sides storming the cosmopolitan city for fiesta that annually turn out the biggest sporting event, Kaduna’2010 was truly in its grandest moments as polo enthusiasts were truly thrilled for solid nine days.
At the end of the adrenaline pumping high profile festival, there was an air of satisfaction everywhere as and the best performers carted home glittering prizes, while the thoroughly entertained polo enthusiasts hail the organizers, asking for more of the polo raves.
One such winner that took off from where they left off last year are the Nigerian polo reigning kings, Kaduna EL-Amin who took their four years Georgian Cup back-to back victory record to a new height, winning their eight Georgian Cup title in style.
The Mohammad Babangida powered polo kings are without doubt, the most consistence and the most popular high polo team in Nigeria and beyond, having dominated the high-goal polo scene since 1999 till date.
The Babangida Boys who arrived the legendary Murtala Mohammed Square venue, to the warm embrace of their teeming fans did not disappoint with their traditional running that kept the crowded stands on its feet, defeating a reinforced Lagos Rubicon opposition to retain their Georgian Cup title, they first won in 1999.
To retain and set the all times victory record in the oldest and the most wanted African polo trophy made from pure Georgian silver in 1785 , the Kaduna warriors relied on the spectacular forms of Nigeria’s number one star, Bello Buba who won his 12th Georgian title this year.The Nigerian super star who is now the highest handicap Nigerian player, is
EL-Amin chief predator mesmerizing with Rambo Ibrahim Mohammed, Mohammed Babangida and their South African import, Sbu Duma. They gave out four handicap goals in a six chukker campaign and scored a record 21 goals blasting away Lagos Rubicon and Katsina Hajara Farms on their way to clinching the royal crown and the prestigious Argentine Ambassador Cup. Babangida boys who are proud holders of the Emir of Katsina Cup in Kano, having won the highly revered royal title a record seven times since 1996, spiced their impressive outing with a third title, beating a strong field of selected high-goalers, 73 to win the Sardauna Cup, one of the highly revered polo title played in memory of the late Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello.
As is now tradition with Kaduna high goal extravaganzas, Argentine and South African professionals again headlined the action. Lagos Goodfellow’s Tomas Ursher of the famous Argentine polo family and South Africa’s duo of Clive Millman of Keffi Pony and EL-Amin Sbu Doma, were predictably the ace of the tournament.
In addition to Ussher, the tournament also featured seven goaler and crowd favourite Diego White who was playing his first Kaduna international tournament in the colours of Honourable Hadi Sirika’s Rubicon. Predictably, it was Rubicon’s debutante Diego White who had posed the most potent obstacle to EL-Amin triple. In the end, however, Babangida kings prevailed with their traditional fireworks much to th anticipation of the teeming crowd.
Visiting Lagos contingent that claimed two top titles last year, re-enact their spectacular forms with the top firing Goodfellows and the resurgence Lagos Ikoyi team clinching their first Dickenson Talb Zakari and El-Amin cups respectively.Ussher who was playing for the first time in Nigeria, was clearly Dickenson Cup MVP as he pivoted the trio of Tobi Edun, Bashir Dantata (Jnr.) and team patron, Wale Edun to a spectacular victory, beating a crowded field of ten teams including five Kaduna oppositions.
DeeBee Farm’s Baba Dawule, Bello Buba and Abubakar Dagazau who finished runners-up in the highly competitive medium goal title race, clearly rued the absence of their mentor and key man Dawule Baba, who was away on a business trip abroad after qualifying the team for the final. Abdulwahab Sani Stores skippered Katsina Dredging &Marines boosting the likes of Suleiman Shema, Nazir Bello and Tijani Hassan, gave Katsina polo fans something to cheer for as they defeat hard fighting Bauchi Kari to win the
The Low-goal EL-Amin Cup that attracted a record 20 in its second year of competition holds plenty of promises as low handicappers and beginners vie for honours in title that debuted last year, with a N.1million cash prize reward to the Most Valuable Player.
Sponsored annually by EL-Amin Group as one of the four main titles at stake in Kaduna, the cup went to Lagos, as the quartet Abdulmalik Gbadamosi, Nda Bala Ibrahim, Abdulmumuni Musa and Isa Kwame finished top. Lagos Ikoyi’s match maker, Abdulmalik Gbadamosi smiled home with N100,000 cash prize as the EL-Amin Cup MVP, succeeding Khalifa Adams who was the award last year. Argentine mare, Negresa from Lagos Good Fellows stable ridden by Tomas Ussher, was decorated with the Best Playing Pony medal.
Lagos based Usman Ahmed who debuted in the Dickenson Cup race this year with Agad, displayed great improvement and stability as a striker, pivoting his selected side to win Shehu Kangiwa Cup.
The glittering cup is played annually in memory of the late Sokoto State Governor who passed on in 1981 while leading Sokoto Kalambaina against Kaduna Kakuri for Georgian Cup clash.