Kaduna International Polo: El-Amin beat Rubicon to once again, retain Georgian Cup

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By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON, Kaduna.
Kaduna El-Amin have once again retained the prestigious Georgian Cup after beating Guards Brigade Rubicon in the final of the 2016 edition played at the Ahmadu Yakubu Polo Club House, at the on going Kaduna International Polo Tournament on Thursday.
El-Amin trailing 3-5 as Guards Brigade Rubicon took the lead and maintained same till the end of the second chukka.
The third chukka resumed with El-Amin mounting pressure in their bid to score, with Bello Buba hitting at goal successfully to pull one back. Shortly after, Ibrahim Dangaye almost levelled it up for El-Amin but missed narrowly, giving Rubicon an advantage which they pushed on and scored to again, increase their lead.
Again, Bello Buba pulled one back after the game resumed from a break resulting from an injury on El-Amin’s Santiago Sanardas.
The third chukka which proved to be the longest, saw Rubicon yet again scoring to increase their lead by two goals as the third chukka ended 5-7 in favour of Rubicon.
Santiago converted a penalty in the early minutes of the fourth chukka, to pull one back for El-Amin, while few minutes later, they scored again to level scores.
Few minutes later, Bello Buba again, drove in a goal for El-Amin to take the lead for the first time in the game.
As the game swung on, El-Amin sent the spectators into wild jubilation as they increased their lead by two goals, as that chukka ended 9-7 in favour of El-Amin.
Santiago broke the silence in the fifth chukka as he displaced Rubicon’s players to score El-Amin’s 10th goal in the highly entertaining game. As the chukka progressed, Bello Buba increased the tally for his team just as the warning bell to signal the end of the chukka rang, ending the chukka, 11-7.
Rubicon pressed on as the sixth chukka resumed and were rewarded with a goal to reduce their goals deficit to three.

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