Bashir Dantata scored all six goals for Lagos Caverton Sao Polo to beat Kano H Hago 6 – 5 1/2 in a Low Cup match at the 2017 NPA Lagos International Polo Tournament which ends today at the Lagos Polo Club. It has been two weeks of top class polo in the GTBank-sponsored event.
Action for the day was completed with Ibadan Eleyele notching a 6 – 5 triumph against Lagos United.
In the Caverton Sao Polo and Kano H Hago encounter, Tata Alikura (+2) had his goals cancelled out each in the first and second chukka by fellow two-goaler, Bashir Dantata in a topsy-turvy clash, which saw lead changes seven times an a row to highlight a tough contest.
Dantata gave the home team the lead early in the third chukka but Alikura was on hand to keep Hago, who started the match on a half-goal goal handicap in the lead again at 3 1/2 – 3.
Bashir scored again after a great run by Seyi Oyinlola (0) but for the umpteenth time, Alikura scored to keep Hago in front at 4 1/2 – 4 to set up a frenetic final chukka which saw Dantata and Yusuf Ibrahim Katako (+2) goal, in order, for a 5 1/2 – 5 lead, advantage Hago.
In the second match of the day, Yemo Alakija was the hero for Eat N ‘Go scoring what proved to be the winning goal with barely two minutes to the end of the explosive match. The one-goaler, who was facing his twin brother, Yinka (0) at the opposing side, opened scoring by finishing off a shot from Jamilu Umar (+2). Hamisu Buba (+3) responded with a solo move to end the chukka.
Eat N’ Go extended their lead in the second chukka with Umar and Alakija scoring on either sides of Buba’s goal. Umar then scored a coast-to-coast goal and Tobi Edun (+2) made it 5 1/2 – 2 to widen the gap midway into the third chukka. A goal by Mamuda Shehu (+2)and three more goals by Buba seemed to have completed a turnaround for Petrosmith but Alakija scored a high-goal to cap a memorable outing for Eat N’ Go.
Earlier, the opening match of the day saw Nabil Dantata (0) and Idris Badamasi (+3) spearheading a come-from-behind win for Kano Agad. Two-goaler, Ibrahim Musa Dantala’s goal late in the third chukka had looked to keep La Mansuri in control having trailed from the first chukka with Agad starting with a 2 1/2-handicap goal.
Dantata scored to make scores 6 1/2 – 6 before two more goals by Badamasi sealed a win for the visiting side.