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Rubicon rules, as Georgian Cup ends in Kaduna

By Guardian Nigeria
01 November 2021   |   2:42 am
The winner of 2019 World famous Georgian Cup, Rubicon, return to winning ways at the weekend, when it defeated the defending champion, El Amin, by 9-6 goals

Bashir Ali, Group Head, North Central 1 of FirstBank, Shehu Aliyu, Group Executive North, presenting Georgia Cup to the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, Minsiter for Aviation and Promoter of Rubicon, Hadi Sirika and President, Kaduna Polo Club, Suleman Abubakar, at the prize presentation of this year’s Georgian Cup

The winner of the 2019 World famous Georgian Cup, Rubicon, returned to winning ways at the weekend, when they defeated the defending champion, El Amin, by 9-6 goals to win its third FirstBank sponsored Georgian Cup.

Parading star players like Bashir Dantata, Abdulmalik Gbadamosi, Argentine imports, Tolito Ocampo and Silvestre Donovan, Rubicon showed superiority in all areas of the game beating Mohammed Babangia’s El-El-Amin in a 7-chukker thriller watched polo fans drawn from Kaduna environs and beyond.

The competition has been sponsored solely by FirstBank for 102-years.

Reacting to their loss, Mohammed Babangida, whose team, El Amin holds 15-FirstBank Georgian Cup titles, said he accepted the defeat in the spirit of sportsmanship, saying: “Losing is part of the game. In sports, you win some and you lose some.”

Apart from the two finalists, Badako Zaz and Malcomines are the other high goal teams that competed for the Georgian Cup trophy.

Excited at the turnout of the event, Shehu Aliyu, who represented the Chief Executive Officer of FirstBank of Nigeria Limited at the event, pledged the banks determination to sustain sponsorship.

Some of the highlights of this year’s event were the Gala Night tagged, “Blue Jacket Night”, in honour of FirstBank’s commitment to Georgian Cup.

The 2021 Georgian Cup attracted top government functionaries, businessmen and royal fathers led by the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir Usman and the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero among others.

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