The 2016 edition of the MTN African Patrons’ Cup Polo Tournament galloped off on Monday, October 17, with Abuja-based teams Manarat and Almat lording it over their opponents in the opening games of the General Hassan Cup.
Manarat, featuring Jamilu Umar, Glory Ebano, Tata Ali and Najib Galadanchi hit the ground running with a 10-4 thumping of the Liberty, who paraded Hassan Ramalan, Madi Buhari, Mukhtr Adahama and Tijani Aliyu.
The second match of the day was very much like the first, as Almat, with its patron, Maurice Ekpenyong and his other three mates Ibarhim Musa, Abdulmalik Badamasi and talisman Idris Badamasi, made good their pre-tournament rating, as they edged Abuja Trade Mark 6-21/2 to finish joint leaders with Manarat and set the stage for a close combat in the race for the General Hassan Cup.
Despite a late rally by the Trademark quartet of Nasir Lucat, Aliyu Umar, Abu Ibrahim and Lado Aliyu to retrieve their faded prospect, Idris Badamasi dispatched them with two quick goals to guarantee Almat victory.
For accounting for most of his side’s goals, Idris Badamasi was voted the MVP and got a handsome cash reward from Katsina United Football Club chairman, Alhaji Aminu Kurfi.