Kaduna Profile team, one of the emerging forces of Nigerian polo , has set the target of clinching top laurels at major tournaments as this year’s national polo tour gets into higher gears.
That much came to the fore recently when Profile swept the majors at the 2022 Sallah polo fiesta in a domineering campaign that left over ten strong oppositions in awe for their sportsmanship and their novel team chemistry.
The commanding performance of Profile champions, who defeated arch rivals including Kaduna Trappco Ranch and Sublime teams to clinch the high and medium goal prizes during the Sallah event, did not surprise keen polo buffs with smart money on the side as the team to beat this season.
Incidentally and a month earlier, the Kaduna new polo kings who recently replenished their stable with new Argentine ponies, finished overall second runners up behind Abuja Dokaji and Sublime teams during the 2022 Trade Fair tournament.
“We are happy with our team chemistry and our recent results are putting us nicely for the season that would expectedly be highly competitive and robust, and we are looking to win more laurels this season and reward our teeming supports across the country,” Bello Buba, Profile and EL-Amin chief predator, declared.
Buba agreed that they would have to take as much as they give oppositions this season as both Profile and EL-Amin are the teams to beat at the Minna tourney justifying the fact as the defending champions of the Rubicon Tourney while they remain as one of the hot favourites at other major grand slams in Kano, Katsina, Keffi, Bauchi, Yola and Kaduna .
“Nobody is expecting an easy ride at all the majors that is why we are embarking on a comprehensive build up, and we are confident that with fitness and chemistry and our horse power, we would achieve our set objectives this season,” Buba noted.
The emergence of this offshoot of EL-Amin polo organization couldn’t have come at a more auspicious time than when the country was celebrating her 61st Independence Anniversary.
In their traditional all attacking game, Profile stunned four more experienced oppositions, Lintex, Malcomines, Barbedos and host team Rubicon, to their Eldorado.
The new polo kings defeated Barbedos in the opening match and dismissed Jos Malcomines, to qualify for the final without dropping a point.
Lintex, Malcomines and Barbedos all ended the round robin stage with a win and a draw each and had to go into a toss that throw up Barbedos to face Profile in the finale.
“We are happy we participated in the tournament, we are happier we emerged the overall champions, a feat that would go down in the annals of Rubicon Resort tournaments,” Team Patron, Mohammad Babangida explained. “It was a great honour; all our matches were huge games and no easy one.
“As we all know, others have a high level of skill but as a team, we are willing to take that on the chin and show what we are capable of as well, ”he added .