17 July 2016
The week-long annual Bauchi polo tournament ended on a sad note on Saturday when a horse on the field of play belonging to a Yola clubside, collapsed and died instantly.
The match, between Bauchi Gabasawa and Yola Yelwa clubs, was in progress when the incident occurred, eliciting emotions from players and spectators.
Umar Modibbo, one of the players of Yola Yelwa, said the horse, a Sudanese brand, was worth N700,000.
“We thank God that the player on the horse was not injured but for a polo player, losing a horse in that manner can be painful.
“We accept what has happened as predestined; that the horse will meet its end in Bauchi and not Yola,” he said.
Malam Bashir Umar, Ground Manager of Gabasawa Club, said that in spite of the tragedy, the tournament had lived up to reputation, drawing interests of players and spectators across the country.
He said 31 Polo Clubs from Niger, Katsina, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Borno and Bauchi states participated in the tournament.
The Kaduna Kawo Polo Club won the main trophy, Governor’s Cup, defeating Bauchi Dkaji Club 6-5 in the finals.