Nigerian Polo team on Wednesday lost to Pakistan Polo team by 15 and half to seven goals in the World Cup qualifier round match of the Zone D play-offs at Malaysia.
Pakistan controlled the game and gave no chance to the Nigerians to win the match with a wide margin. Nigeria team will be hoping on getting back to winning ways against South Africa tomorrow.
After this win, Pakistan polo team players are now waiting to play the semi-final against India and are hoping to beat their arch-rivals.
Before the match, Nigeria’s top rated player, Bello Buba, who could not finish the Zone D polo World qualifier against South Africa, has vowed to make up with an impressive outing in subsequent games.
The Kaduna based top striker, who was dismounted in the crucial fourth Chukka of the tense African clash due to dehydration, no thanks to the stiffing Malaysian weather, said all hope is not lost in Nigeria’s quest to win her first ever Polo World Cup finals ticket to Argentina in October.
Buba, who scored two of Nigeria’s goals in the opening game vowed to play his best to ensure Nigeria scale through to the second round.
“I cannot explain what really happened, but I found it difficult to continue the game after three chukkas because of the excessive heat that drained me to the point of exhaustion and my coach, Dawdle Baba decided to dismount me, “he stated.
Also in a telephone interview with the Nigeria captain, Mohammed Babangida from Malaysia, he commended the organisers for their good organisation, and said that the Nigerian team will qualify at the end of the tournament.
“The weather was hot, but with that we can still qualify. But everything about the tournament was good, the reception and the organisation was perfect, and we can learn a lot from this tournament” Mohammed said.