NAIROBI POLO CLUB FEATURES CHUKKA WITH BARBADOS-BASED PLAYER

Defending champions Samurai have flown in South African hard hitter and handicap five player, Lance Watson, for the Kenya International 14-Goal Polo tournament which took place at Nairobi Polo Club (NPC) on the 21st.

Club captain, Raphael Nzomo, said his team are lucky to have secured the services of the high profile goal scorer who featured for his country at the World Cup in Malaysia last year.

“I feel honoured to play alongside Watson. He is a tough player. Contestants tremble at the thought of meeting the beef farmer from Underberg,” said Nzomo.

Watson, who has had professional stints in England, Argentina and West Africa is expected to anchor Samurai that has George McCorkell (handicap 3.5), Mbu Ngugi (2.5) and Nzomo (2.5) into defending the title they won in 2017 in a round robin encounter.

The team then edged out R.J Polo 7.5-6, Royal Salute 4.5-4 and Samsung 7.5-5 to victory.

“I’m bringing with me an explosive version of an attacking polo never seen before here,” said Watson, who is in Kenya for the first time.

WIP's Kimoi Moi (right) and Afrika Aviation player during the 6 goals International Tournament at Nairobi Polo Club on Friday, Sept 14, 2018 (Photo: Jonah Onyango, Standard)

WIP’s Kimoi Moi (right) and Afrika Aviation player during the 6 goals International Tournament at Nairobi Polo Club on Friday, Sept 14, 2018 (Photo: Jonah Onyango, Standard)

Samurai will start the contest against Space and Style who have beefed up their side with former South African national team striker Buster MacKenzie (4) and Jamie Murray (5), who is the best-rated player in Kenya at the moment.

MacKenzie has always sent shock waves whenever he saddles while Murray has had impressive polo engagements in England, Thailand, Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Barbados.

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