The 2016 edition of the MTN Kaduna International Polo Tournament came to an end with high flying EL-Amin walking away with the most prestigious trophy of the tournament which is the Georgian Cup. Kaduna is a city in north central part of Nigeria.
The Abuja based team defeated neighbours, Abuja Guards Rubicon, 10-8 in the final game to win the Georgian Cup, the oldest polo trophy in Africa. They did so for the 13th time. The Kaduna-based side also won for themselves the Argentine Ambassador Cup in the competition.
El-Amin’s winning streak came to an end after they suffered a shocking defeat from a selected MTN side in the Sarduana Cup played in honour of the late Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello.
The EL-Amin Cup, which is a major trophy in the competition, was carted away by Katsina Gobarau who defeated 25 other participating teams. They snatched a 7-4 victory against former champions, Bauchi Kari in the final.
In other games, Kaduna Sublime defeated three other teams to win their first ever Emir of Katsina Cup title while Sadiq Wali’s Terra P&E’s side from Kano finished runners up. Interestingly, it was the Kano team’s first attempt at the tournament’s second most coveted prize.
Kano Titans, yet another Kano State based team, defeated Amana Insurance from Kaduna in a hotly contested final to win the NCC Cup. It was not all gloom for Kaduna though as Kaduna Insurers surged past BSC team from Yola in their final clash, to win the Kere Ahmed Cup.