The IFZA Gold Cup, the most prestigious tournament played in Asia and the Middle East, as well as being one of the most competitive in the world, kicked off on Tuesday, February 16. The tournament sees eight teams, up to 18 goals, compete at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
Bangash, runner up of the IFZA Silver Cup, claimed a hard fought 12-9 win over IFZA Mahra. The match was tied 8-all going into the fifth and final chukka, but Bangash managed to take control of the action and take the victory.
Up next, Ghantoot, who made their debut in the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, defeated IFZA Silver Cup winners, Habtoor, by a 12 goals to 9, in what was a thrilling match.
The IFZA Gold Cup finals are due on Friday, March 5.
THE IFZA GOLD CUP WILL BE STREAMED LIVE ON POLOLINE TV HERE.
BANGASH 12-9 IFZA MAHRA
Bangash Polo: Haider Bangash 0 (2 goals), Federico Von Potobsky 5 (3), Benjamin Panelo 6 (7), Jacinto Crotto 7.
IFZA Mahra: Tariq Al Habtoor 0, Segundo Amadori 4 (1 goal), Isidro Strada 7 (6), Jacinto Amadori 5 (2).
Score Bangash: 2-1, 5-2, 8-3, 8-8, 12-9.
GHANTOOT 12-9 HABTOOR
Ghantoot: Nasser Al Shamsi 1 (1 gosl), Cesar Crespo 4 (2), Pablito Llorente 6 (2), Marcos Araya 7 (6).
Habtoor Polo: Mohammed Al Habtoor 0, Félix Esaín 3 (2 goals), Juan Jauretche 6 (1), Facundo Sola 9 (6).
Score Ghantoot: 3-2, 6-3, 8-5, 9-6, 12-9.
The IFZA Gold Cup continues on Wednesday, February 17, with the first two League B games:
2pm: Dubai Wolves by CAFU vs Zedan Polo
4pm: UAE Polo vs Abu Dhabi
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