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Fifth Chukker win FirstBank Emir of Zazzau tourney

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Kaduna-based Fifth Chukker have emerged winners of the FirstBank of Nigeria sponsored Emir of Zazzau African Patrons Cup.

Fifth Chukker overcame Malcomines to cart away the prestigious trophy at the highbrow Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Resort in Kaduna on Sunday.

To come top in the highly explosive 6-Chukker encounter, Fifth Chukker scored 10 goals against Malcomines’ eight.

Led by captain Manuel Crespo, a 6-goal polo player; Fecundo Ketemer, another 6-goaler, home-based Abdulrahaman Mohammed +3 and one of Ghana’s greatest polo players Kwame Isa +3, the team dominated Malcomines on their way to winning the trophy.

Though it looked like a one-sided affair, Malcomines were no pushovers, as they fought back in the third Chukker, putting the seven-time winners on the edge.

Urged on by their teeming supporters, Murtala Laushi +1 team leader, highly experienced Hamisu Buba +4, Argentine Satiago Marambio +6 and Alejo Aramburu +6, Malcomines fought strongly, keeping polo fans, including the Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Nuhu Bamali, and other top government officials on the edge of their seats throughout the 6-chukker game.

But home team Fifth Chukker proved too hard a nut for Malcomines to crack as they lost by 8 goals to 10.

In the other match also decided over the weekend, FirstBank lost to Coronation 10-8 in the final of the Late Gen. Hassan Cup.

The African Patrons debuted in 2004 as African Masters, but was re-launched in 2008 as African Patrons Cup.

In 2011, the African Patrons Cup was offered as a platform to support Breast Cancer Awareness Movement in Northern Nigeria.

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