BY Kevin Mapasure
The Zimbabwe nationwide polo staff is concentrating on silverware on the Africa Cup that shall be staged in South Africa this weekend following their success towards Kenya in a Titan Regulation Polo Worldwide performed at Thorne Park Polo Floor on the weekend.
Zimbabwe claimed the principle prize following a 6-Four win on Friday, which was adopted with a 10-6 triumph draw on Saturday.
Captain Corey Meikle and Richard Brown each scored hat methods on Friday to present Zimbabwe the win earlier than the previous hit one other treble on Saturday, however general, he completed one purpose behind Kenya’s Archie Voorspuy who had seven targets over the event.
Zimbabwe’s staff additionally had Paul Johnson and Thomas Weed, whereas Kenya had a mix of two girls and two males of their staff.
The Saturday match was fiercely contested and Zimbabwe felt it was good preparation for the Africa Cup the place they’ll encounter hosts Nigeria and Zambia
Final yr, Zimbabwe completed second on the occasion, however Polo Affiliation of Zimbabwe president Bob Crossely feels that this time they may go all the way in which go and produce again the trophy.
“The sport was very thrilling. We had fairly a powerful Zimbabwean aspect. I feel it was a really onerous and nicely fought recreation. I’m happy that Zimbabwe managed to win,” he mentioned. “Now, we’re waiting for the Africa Cup. Final yr, we completed second following a foul begin as a result of we weren’t used to the horses. However as soon as we sorted our points with the horses, we performed nicely. This time, we need to attempt to win the trophy.”
He paid tribute to their sponsors, Titan legislation, owned by outstanding lawyer Gerald Mlotshwa.
”Gerald has been a terrific supporter of ours. He’s taking the staff all the way down to South Africa on the weekend. Titan Regulation is a superb sponsor in sport. They do rugby and Polo. Mhlotshwa likes to entertain huge his purchasers in sport.”
Polo Affiliation of Zimbabwe is seeking to incorporate extra blacks into the game.
“We’re bringing in a variety of indigenous folks into the sport. We’ve a variety of good black gamers coming by means of. It’s a brand new sport to them, however they’ve a superb eye for the ball. We’re simply instructing a few of them learn how to experience the horses. It’s not an inexpensive sport. That’s the issue so we’re lending horses to guys which have curiosity within the sport.”
The Zimbabwe polo captain mentioned he was happy with the efficiency towards Kenya as they sit up for the weekend problem.
“It was a superb recreation towards the Kenyans. They have been fierce competitors. They have been very bodily and marked us nicely. However in direction of the top, we managed to utilize house benefit and ran away with it ultimately,” he mentioned. “The technique was to nullify their greatest gamers. We didn’t handle to try this firstly, however in direction of the top we managed. Subsequent is the Africa Cup, and hopefully we will do nicely in South Africa. So, this event towards Kenya has ready us for what’s coming subsequent.