Bello Buba Hails Keffi Ponys’ Patrons Cup Victory


Olawale Ajimotokan

Keffi Ponys of Nasarawa State have continued to relish their sensational triumph at the recent MTN African Patrons Cup which they won at the expense of traditional high-goal polo outfits.

Nigeria’s highest ranked polo player, Bello Buba, was one of the players and followers that lauded the Hon Ahmed Wadada kitted outfit.

The +4 handicap player, whose brother, Hamisu, was a member of Keffi Ponys that dispatched formidable sides like Fifth Chukker, Lintex Kano and the Abuja Rubicon in the tournament held in Kaduna, said Keffi triumphed and hit the height because of the commitment of the owner.

“They (Keffi Ponys) have always been a very good side and are now a massive threat to the older teams like Fifth Chukker and Rubicon as seen in their victories over both sides. Their owner is very supportive and is the backbone of their success,” Buba said.

Buba’s assertion was reinforced by another leading polo player, Ali Hassan Hadejia, who reckoned that Keffi’s recent victories would impact on performance and boost confidence which will make them a force to reckon with in the country.

Keffi Ponys’ march to the Patrons’ Cup was eased by deft investment in efficient horses imported from South Africa in addition to professional players including Buba and South African jockey, Leroux Hendrix.

For Muazu Sani, a polo enthusiast who has followed the sport for over a decade, Keffi Ponys rise is refreshing as it brings a new element to the ‘conservative’ party. According to Sani, teams likes Fifth Chukker have dominated for years and it’s high time another side gave them a good run for their money.