*Proceedings progress to tougher lines
By Oluwole Francis
Almat Group on Wednesday whipped Dakoji Farms 7 to 1½ in the second match of the President’s Cup at the ongoing 2017 Abuja Unity Polo tournament in Abuja.
The Abuja Guards Polo Club saw Dokaji Farms awarded 1½ goal to level the team’s handicap before the start of the first chukka.
The superiority of Almat Group showed in the early minutes of the first chukka as Maurice Ekpeyong and Nura Sani Kangiwa, the patron of NSK Farms combined well to score one goal each to make it 2 to 1½ at the end of the first chukka.
Ekpeyong also combined with Abdulmalik Badamasi to score one goal each in the second chukka to make it 4 to 1½.
Abdulmalik grabbed his brace in the third chukka to make it 5 to 1½. The Badamasi brothers, Abdulmalik and Idris, combined well to complete the rout as Abdulmalik grabbed his hat trick, while Idris scored one goal to make it 7 to 1½ at the end of a one-sided encounter.
The team’s victory was dedicated to Nura Sani Kangiwa, the Turakin Kebbi, who was celebrating his birthday on Wednesday.
In other results also played on Wednesday, ASI thumped Capital Builders 6 to 2½ in the race for the Guards Challenge.
TRAPPCO/RTC lost 7 to 4½ to AGROTECH in the battle for the Guards Brigade trophy, while Bauchi M.A. thrashed Guards 8 to 4½ to put themselves in contention for the Guards Brigade trophy.
In other matches played on Tuesday, Alhusna Travel Services drew 4-4 with ASI while Capital Builders beat Dogonyaro Farms lost 6-4 to both game in Guards Challenge.
Bauchi M.A. put 7 past Golden 36 Logistics which got 2½ goal for their efforts in the Guards Brigade Trophy.
36 Logistics is being sponsored by Tropicalsno.
Aliyu Umar who doubles as the tournament manager, grabbed a brace for Trade Mark as they defeated Iyatu Farms by 7 to 5 in the President’s Cup, which is the biggest title at the event.
The 9th edition of the Abuja Unity Polo tournament which galloped off on Tuesday is expected to end on Sunday.