Ibadan Mapo recorded a 7-3 win over Kano Dala to go top of the table in the Dansa Cup as the 2013 Lagos Polo International Tournament galloped off Wednesday at the Lagos Polo Club, Ikoyi.
Nurudeen Akibu set the team comprising Femi Awolaja, Kanyinsola Owoeye and
Salisu Umaru on a winning path guiding the ball for almost 50 yards as he outpaced Usman Mohammed.
Babiru Bello drew Dala level soon after but Owoeye was to restore his side's advantage hitting a 20-yead shot. Usman Mohammed leveled the tie again for a 2-2 scoreline to end an entertaining first chukka.
Awolaja converted a penalty at the start of the second chukka and it was followed up by Owoeye's goal as Mapo's class soon reflect as they closed the game with a 7-3 scoreline.
The day's second game which was also in the Dansa Cup saw revenge of some sorts for Kano as Ibah defeated Eleyele 5-3 to move to second place in the group.
Three matches are on the cards for Thursday with the Lagos Ericsson vs Lagos Ironclad/Hurstlers and Kano Titans vs Lagos Goodfellows/Ark the eye-catching clashes.
Meanwhile telecommunication firm MTN one of the major sponsors of the tournament said they are sure that this years' tournament will live up to expectations owing to the standard displayed on the opening day.
Another major sponsor Guarantee Trust Bank said though Oyinade Adegbite, its Communication and External Affairs Manager that they are sure of getting value for backing the tournament which ranks as the top in the domestic activities on the calendar of the Nigeria Polo Association.