Bello Buba was the star man as Lagos Lintex recorded a 12-6 ½ goal win over Lagos Riverlake Caverton in the Open Cup as the 2017 NPA Lagos Polo International Tournament majorly sponsored by GTBank hots ups.
Ibadan Jericho came off better 6-5 in their winner-takes-all encounter with Lagos Verdant to top League 2 of the Silver Cup. Kano Agad and Lagos Insight Redefini were the second placed teams in the Silver Cup, which put them in the semifinal. STL will face Agad while Redefini confront Ibadan Jericho.
Buba, the highest handicapped Nigerian player put up a great display that highlighted the 2017 NPA Lagos Intl’ Polo Tournament after scoring four goals in the high-tempo match, which produced the highest number of goals so far at the 11-day tournament. Caverton that paraded Yemo Alakija (+1), Rotimi Makanjuola (+1), Tobi Edun (+2) and Diego White (+6) got the first field goal of the match having started the match on a half-goal handicap. The goal came off White, who robbed Buba off the ball in the middle of the field to finish with style. Buba responded with a goal; tapping in from a 30 yard penalty to end the first chukka 1 ½ – 1.
Lintex, that also paraded Baba Dangote (+1), Bashir Dantata (+3) and Halifa Ibrahim (+3) took the lead through Ibrahim after he stole the ball from White rolling the ball to the goal with relative ease. Moments after, Argentine Diego surprisingly missed a 30 yards penalty as scores remain 2-1 ½ to Lintex’s advantage. Ibrahim then showed some great dribbling skills, which saw him through to the goal area only for him to lose balance, but managed to hang on his pony to the delight of the thrilled crowd.
Bashir got on the score sheet to open the lead for Lintex and Alakija was unlucky not to score as his shot hits the upright and the rebound came off his horse to roll off the goal. Ibrahim managed to force another goal in just before the end of the chukka for a 4-1 ½ Lintex lead.
Buba and Dangote stretched the lead with early goals in the third chukka but Diego scored three times in succession to keep the scores marginal at 6-4 ½ only for Buba again to score his side’s seventh goal.
Ibrahim and Dangote bagged a goal each in the fourth chukka and the catalogue of close misses continue for Caverton as Edun sent his shot well off target having set up himself nicely. Edun went through the same experience again by failing to finish off an individual move but luckily, White was on hand to finish off the move to make the score 6 ½ – 9.