Argungu Polo tourney: Bauchi Dokaji Farms wins Governor’s Cup, Shehu Kangiwa Cup
*Khalifa Ibrahim of Bauchi Dokaji Farms won the MVP Award
Bauchi Dokaji Farms have emerged winners of the Governor’s Cup at the just concluded Argungu Polo Tournament.
No fewer than 10 polo teams took part in the maiden edition of the NSK Polo Tournament which took place in Argungu, Kebbi State.
The participating teams competed for various cups donated and sponsored by government bodies, corporate organisations and individuals during the event.
They were the Governor’s Cup in honour of the Governor of Kebbi State and Shehu Kangiwa Cup, which was in memory of the late former Governor of Sokoto state. Others include, the Sultan Cup (for veterans), Emir’s Cup, Umaru Shinkafi Cup, Muhammadu Mera Cup, J.B Yakubu Cup and the Mutawale’n Sokoto Cup (for beginners).
Bauchi Dokaji Farms emerged winners of the Governor’s Cup after beating Titan/H. Hago 7-5 in the final.
The match was a pulsating and nail-biting winner-takes-it-all encounter as both sides had won all their matches coming into the final game.
Bauchi Dokaji whipped Argungu NSK Farms 7 to 3½, while Titan/H.Hago had beaten Keffi Iyatu Farms 4 to 3½, to set up a mouth watering final.
Khalifa Ibrahim was however the man-of-the-match as he scored a hat-trick for his side and also the final goal that tilted the result of the game to his side’s favour. Bauchi Dokaji were also winners of Shehu Kangiwa Cup.
In other games played, Argungu NSK Farms thrashed the Sokoto Governor’s team 7-0 to lift the Muhammadu Mera Argungu. Mera Farms humiliated Maiduguri El-kanemi 12-0 to emerge winners of the Emir of Argungu Cup.
Also, Dogonyaro Farms were winners of the Umaru Shinkafi Cup, while IGP Strikers finished as runners up.
The Yakubu Dogaro Award for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the high goal category which was sponsored by Massarah Air Services went to Khalifa Ibrahim of Bauchi Dokaji.
While the award for the MVP of the low goal category went to Abdulkareem Jibril of Zaria West Stream.
The MVP of the high goal was also presented with a free return ticket to the United Kingdom by the sponsor, while the MVP of the low goal was presented with a return ticket to anywhere in the country.
The activities to mark the closing ceremony were cultural dances and displays, camel racing (sponsored by Sokoto Cement), among others.
Guests are the event’s final included the Governor of Kebbi, Hon. Mohammed Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, His Royal Highness, Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar and the Emir of Katsina, Dr. Abdulmumuni Usman.
Others include the Emir of Argungu, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Isma’il Muhammed Mera, Colonel Umar Dangiwa, the former governor of Kaduna State and Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Also in attendance were, Francis Ogboro, the President of Nigeria Polo Federation (NPF), Mohammed Sanusi, the Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation, members of Kebbi State House of Assembly, Kebbi State Commissioner of Police, Senior government officials, the diplomatic community, as well as polo enthusiasts.