Polo: Iyatu Farms, Almat CC record wins in carnival tourney

Iyatu Farms and Almat CC polo teams on Saturday both recorded wins in their opening games of the 2017 IWAF/Carnival tournament in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the carnival which began with a colourful durbar on Monday at the Guards Polo Club is expected to climax on Sunday.

Iyatu Farms who are competing in the medium goal category upset the highly-rated 30 Horse Power 6-3 in the first game of the day.

The first chukka was keenly contested as 30 Horse Power who had won their opening match on Friday with a 4 – 3 ½ victory over Dattaku looked to show their superiority from the start.

However, it was Iyatu Farms who opened scoring through Aliyu Tijjani (+1) early in the first chukka.

Tijjani doubled the lead shortly before the end of the chukka to make it 2-0.

Iyatu Farms continued from where they left off as Tijjani grabbed his hat-trick.

Tata Ali Kura (+2) rounded up the second chukka with a superb goal from a 30-yard strike to make it 4-0.

The third chukka saw 30 Horse Power looking to stage a comeback as Abdulmalik Badamasi (+3) and Lado Aliyu (+2) both combined to score three goals.

The latter grabbed a brace to make it 4-3.

But Iyatu Farms were having none of it as Kura benefitted from a counter attacking move to stretch their lead to 5-3.

This was barely few seconds away from the end of the third chukka.

The fourth and final chukka was a close affair as Iyatu Farms looked to defend their two-point lead.

Kura, against the run of play, scored the chukka’s only goal in the dying minutes to heap more misery on 30 Horse Power as they pressed to reduce the deficit.

The second game of the day saw Almat CC whip Aviva 4-2 in the battle for supremacy in the high goal for handicaps +6 to +9. (NAN)