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India def. Australia, Malaysia def. New Zealand in Zone D FIP Qualifier

Our friend Ameer Jumabhoy (you can read his excellent blog via is in Malaysia for the Zone D FIP playoffs.  He writes that the first matches were heart-stopping, with India defeating Australia 5.5 to 5 and Malaysia defeating New Zealand 9 -8.

Tomorrow, Pakistan faces Nigeria.

The complete schedule is below.  The top three teams will qualify for the World Cup.  I know we say it all the time but, really, we can’t wait!



The tournament draw for zones and fixtures of play for the group stages was done at the Sponsors Launch on 20th April 2011.

    The Seven countries entered are:

  • 1 South Africa
  • 2 New Zealand
  • 3 Australia
  • 4 India
  • 5 Pakistan
  • 6 Nigeria
  • 7 Malaysia
    Teams were drawn into 3 zones of 2, 2 and 3 teams.

  • Zone 1
    Team A Australia
    Team B Malaysia
  • Zone 2
    Team C New Zealand
    Team D India
  • Zone 3
    Team E South Africa
    Team F Pakistan
    Team G Nigeria
      The first part of the tournament will be played at the Royal Pahang Polo Club in Pekan, Pahang.
      Match schedule

    • Monday 13th June
      Opening Ceremony
      Team E South Africa vs Team G Nigeria
    • Tuesday 14th June
      Team A Australia vs Team D India
      Team C New Zealand vs Team B Malaysia
    • Wednesday 15th June
      Team F Pakistan vs Team G Nigeria
    • Friday 17th June
      Team B Malaysia vs Team D India
      Team A Australia vs Team C New Zealand
    • Saturday 18th June
      Team E South Africa vs Team F Pakistan
    • After these matches, the top four teams will go to the semi-finals, while the bottom three teams will play in a round robin to decide 5th to 7th placings.
    • The Round Robin for 5th / 6th /7th will be played on Monday 20th June.
    • The Semi-Finals will be played on Tuesday 21st June.
    • The tournament will then move to the Royal Selangor Polo Club in Kuala Lumpur.
    • The 3rd / 4th Place Match will be played on Friday 24th June. This will decide the third team to represent Zone D at the FIP Polo World Cup Finals.
  • The Final will be played on Saturday 25th June. The winner will lift the Malaysia Cup.

Nigerian Polo Team set for FIP World Cup Regionals

THE National Polo Federation of Nigeria (NPFN) has stated that it would participate in the June 2011 World Polo Cup which is scheduled to take place in Malaysia.

Secretary of NPFN, Alhaji Muhammed Baba Kyari, who disclosed this to sports journalists at the weekend in Katsina, stated that preparation was already underway to ensure the participation of the Nigerian team.

Kyari said NPFN had made consultations with all stakeholders including its life president and Emir of Katsina, Dr. Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, on the organisation’s plan to participate in the world competition.

He said the new executive of the polo federation had taken the development as a challenge to bring positive change in the game, adding that new measures would be introduced in order to bring discipline amongst all participating polo teams.

He maintained that the new executive would ensure that the game of polo is not dominated by the rich alone, but by only those interested in the game no matter their background.

Meanwhile, the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Kabir Usman, has called on the executive members of the NPFN to bring about positive changes into the game.

The royal father, who made the call when he received the new executive members of the NPFN who paid him a courtesy call in his palace, said he would continue to give the body needed advice whenever he was called upon to do so.