LAHORE: Colony Sugar defeated Army-Coke by 8 goals to 7 in the final to win the Bank Alfalah Aibak Cup Polo Tournament that concluded at the Lahore Polo Club Ground here on Sunday.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony. Earlier in the subsidiary final, Diamond Paints outplayed Master Paints by 7 goals to 6½ at the same venue. The main final witnessed a battle of nerves between the rivals who used all their skills to outclass each other. Manuel Crespo of Army-Coke seemed a man possessed and slammed five goals in the four-chuuker final but his efforts proved futile.
The first chuuker saw five goals: three by colony Sugar and two by Army-Coke. Six goals were scored in the second and third chukkers. The final chukker saw four goals. Colony Sugar’s star was Matias Vial Perez who scored three goals while Hamza Mawaz Khan and Saqib Khan Khakwani scored two apiece for the winners.
Main final squads:
Colony Sugar: Hamza Mawaz Khan, N Shaikh, Saqib Khan Khakwani and Matias Vial Perez.
Army-Coke: Abdul Rehman Monnoo, Raja Temur Nadeem, Isfandiyar Ali Khan Pataudi and Manuel Crespo.
Man of the Match: Abdul Rehman Monnoo
Umpires: James Harper & Shah Shamyl Alam
Referee: Gatson Moore
Subsidiary final squads:
Diamond Paints: Mir Shoaib Ahmad, Shaukat Ali Malik, James Harper and Raja Samiullah.
Master Paints: Sufi Muhammad Aamir, Sufi Muhammad Haris, Gaston Moore and Ahmad Ali Tiwana.
Umpires: Shah Shamyl Alam & Santiago Mendivil.