June 13, 2011
South Africa easily defeat Nigeria 13 - 5 in the opening game of the FIP Polo
World Cup - Zone D playoffs being played in Malaysia.
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The FIP Polo World Cup Asian-Australiasian-African championships
got off to a tremendous start at the Royal Pahang Polo Club in
Pekan, Pahang. HRH Sultan of Pahang opened the championships by
receving the impressive new championship trophy, The Malaysia
Cup, from the Vice-Presidents of the RMPA, HH Tengku Sri
Panglima Raja, Tengku Baderulzaman and Dato' Mohamed Moiz. He
then rang a ceremonal bell to indicate the start of the
After introductions to the teams, South Africa and Nigeria got
the champinships underway. The teams were led onto the field by
Audi's R8 and A8 cars. After a royal salute by the players, HRH
Sultan Pahang was handed the match ball by FIP President Eduardo
Huergo. He performed a ceremonial throwing-in of the ball to
start the match.
2007 championship winners South Africa were too strong for
Nigeria, who were making a return to international polo ater a
20 year gap. The Nigerians started well and held the South
Africans at bay for the first half of the first chukka. They
were tied at 2-2 before South Africa's Lance Watson and cousin
Duncan Watson started to dominate. And dominate they did. They
took South Africa to a 4-2 lead by the end of the first chukka,
a lead they would only increase as the game went on.
It was still a game at 5 - 3 at the end of the second, but South
Africa blew Nigeria away with four unanswered goals in the third
chukka. They added two more in the fourth chukka to put the game
well beyond any hope of the come-back.
Hamisu Buba replaced Bello Bubba midway through the 4th chukka
as Nigeria's 5-goal Rambo was injured, though not seriously.
Hamisu got two goals in the final chukka to make the final score
of 13 - 5 seem a little more respectable.
All the South Africans got on the scoreboard. Lance Watson was
the star of the South African show, scoring 7 goals in the
match. Duncan Watson commanded the midfield well, prompting
South Africa's attacks with penetrating distribution of the
ball. Campbell MacNab was a stalwart in defence and even managed
a couple of goals. Johann Du Preez got late call-up for South
Africa when Sbu Duma had to pull out with a knee ligament
injury, and made a good debut for his country, working hard in
attack and getting a nice goal in the third chukka.
Nigeria's goals came from Bello Buba (2), Hamisu Buba (2) and
Ibrahim Mohammed (1).
The umpires for the match were Argentine Open umpires Gonzalo
Bunge and Nicholas Scortichinni. The referee was JJ Diaz Alberdi.
1.Johann Du Preez +2
2.Lance Watson +4
3.Duncan Watson +4
4.Campbell MacNab +3
Team Total 14 goals
1.Malik Badamasi +1
2.Bello Buba +5
3.Mohammad Babangida +4
4.Ibrahim Mohammed +4
Subsitute: Hamisu Buba +4
Team Total 14 goals