Fifth Chukker wins Access Bank-UNICEF polo charity shield
Access Bank-Fifth Chukker Polo Club defeated MRS 8 to 7 to clinch the Charity Shield title as the 2016 Access Bank-UNICEF Charity Shield Polo tournament came to a flourishing end in Kaduna on Sunday.
Access Bank, in line with this year’s edition aimed at highlighting the plight of the vulnerable children and orphans and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in northern Nigeria, donated N10,000,000 to UNICEF much to the admiration of Governor Nasir El Rufai, who was one of the dignitaries that attended the final.
Fifth Chukker, formed by Lawal Mohammed (0), Bello Buba (+4), Julio Estrada (+7) and Manuel Crespo (+7), took control of the game from the start scoring through a 30-yarder by Crespo in the opening chukka to level up having started on a goal deficit due to handicap difference. The Argentine converted another 30-yarder to give Fifth Chukker a 2-1 lead.
Idris Badamasi (+2), Bashir Dantata (+3), Leroux Hendrix (+5) and Tom De Bruin (+7), who formed the MRS team, evened scores 2-2 through their South African captain De Bruin to end the first chukka.
Estrada finished off a brilliant move to restore Fifth Chukker’s lead at the start of second chukka, but the chance to tie the match again went begging as De Bruin’s 30-yarder came off the outside of the post.
They eventually leveled up through a brilliant goal from Dantata. The three-goaler was on hand again to score as MRS, who needed a win, had their nose in front 4-3. Leroux missed a sitter under pressure from Estrada and they were almost made to pay for it as Buba diverted Crespo’s 60-yarder to goal taking scores 4-4.
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