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Press Release
     
Warid POLO Team Plays For Aibak Cup

LAHORE: February, 08, 2011:  The King of Games is still the game of kings. The most glamorous, thrilling and fast-paced sport POLO has a history entwined with the city of Lahore that is famed center of arts, literature and culture. Warid Polo Team will be competing in the Aibak Polo Cup which saddles off today on 8th February at the Lahore Polo Club.

The participating teams are Warid Polo Team, Hataff , Ciro's Pomodoro/Al Khan, PICIC Insurance, Guard Group/Diamond Paints, Army/Adam Jee Insurance and  Master Paints.  Warid POLO team includes Mr. Ahmed Zubair Butt who is rated at 2 goals, he had the opportunity to play and learn polo in Argentina, Mr. Mannual Crespo from Argentina, rated at 7 goals winner of Camara de Diputados Cup, the most prestigious tournament of Argentina. Mr. Rabnawaz Tiwana who is rated at 1 goal, belongs to a family which is known for horse related activities in Pakistan specially Polo, he has twice represented Pakistan in Jordan and England and Mr. Haseeb Minhas rated at 3 goals, he also  represent Pakistan at different arenas.

While commenting on Warid POLO team, Mr. Ahmed Zubair Butt said ‘Warid endorsing a polo team in the current economic situation is a step towards encouraging the game of Kings and it is not just the matter of resources being allocated but it certainly proves that Warid is the King in its sector. We have a very competitive and balanced team with one of the best polo ponies available in the country. Team members are much focused towards achieving their goal”.

High Goal Polo Tournament (10 - 14 Goals) will be played for four weeks that includes 14 Goal Aibak Polo Cup,14 Goal Punjab Cup, 14 Goal Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup, National Open Polo Champion Ship.  There are a total of 8 foreign players participating in this tournament. The National Polo Championship this year has eight polo teams where the lower limit of the tournament is 10 goals and the upper limit is 14 goals. The first match will b e played between PICIC Insurance & Guard Group/Diamond Paints. This tournament will be played on American/knockout system and  according to HPA rules.

Dhabi Groups, Bank Alfalah has been sponsoring the Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup for the last 5 years and this is their 6th year of sponsorship. The Bank has also been sponsoring a polo team for the last five years. Besides, they have also sponsored the riding school for the last two years which is nursery for future polo players.

Teams Playing:

Warid Polo Team:
  Rabnawaz Tiwana, Ahmed Zubair, Manual Crespo, Haseeb Minhas Hataff : Omer Malhi, Usman Haye, Vierie Antinori, Hassan Ali Farrukh  Ciro's Pomodoro/Al Khan: Hamza Mawaz, Iftikhar Ali Khan, Fernando Quinto, Shah Shamyl Alam  PICIC Insurance: Saqib Khakwani, Naveed Sheikh, Raul Laplacette, Qubilai Alam  Guard Group/Diamond Paints:  Mir Shoaib Ahmed, Taimur Malik, Gerardo Mazzini, Raja Sami  Army/Adam Jee Insurance:  Lt. Asif Manzoor, Taimur Nadeem, Maj.Gen Isfandyar  Ali Khan Pataudi, Julio Navillo Astarad  Master Paints:  Sufi Amir, Hissam Ali Hyder, Gaston Moore, Sufi Harris.

Warid POLO TEAM


Ahmed Zubair
Age : 24
Handicap : 2 goals

Ahmed is a professional POLO player who reached the handicap of 2 goals in a short span of time. He had the opportunity to play and learn polo in Argentina. In 2006 he was selected as a reserve for the Pakistan National Team to play the world cup in New Zealand. He also played number of tournaments in USA, Jordan and Dubai.
He holds the 4th position in the national open out of 10 teams with Lidth Chocolate. He had been the runners up of the 6 goals PPA tournaments in Rawalpindi and he also won Lahore Open Polo Championship this year.


Manuel Alberto Crespo
Age: 27
Handicap: 7

Manuel is a professional POLO player who played in USA, Chili, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Germany, Belgium, Spain, England, Pakistan, Malaysia and Thailand. He won number of tournaments like Camara de Diputados, in Argentina, Campaña Del Desierto, Presidente Metro Mediano, Metropolitano Alto, Meptropolitano Bajo,  Abierto de la Canada, Charro Mejicano and many others. In Spain he won 3 times the Domeck tournament. He also won Conde Waki in Belgium Scapa sports, diamond stick both 2 times and also won number of tournaments in Colombia.


Maj Rabnawaz Tiwana
Age:   31
Handicap: 1

Major Tiwana played  numerous polo tournaments in Pakistan and abroad. He represented Pakistan Army POLO Team Twice in United Kingdom and Jordan. In Pakistan he won Chief of The Army Staff Polo Tournament, Army Polo Championship, Trades Cup, Pearl Continental Polo cup, Murree Breuri Polo Cup, Trades Cup and President of Turkey Polo Cup. During the current polo season at Rawalpindi he won all the scheduled tournaments.


Haseeb Minhas
Age : 36
Handicap : 3 goals

Haseeb is a professional POLO player rated at 3 goals. He represented Pakistan in Singapore, Jordan and  Dubai. He also represented Pakistan in the World Cup played in France in 2004.