LAHORE   -   Pakistan Polo Team qualified for the XII FIP World Cup Polo Championship after outsmart­ing India by 7-3 in the second Zone E playoff played at East Rand Polo Club in Johannes­burg, South Africa on Sunday. 

Earlier in the first playoff, Pakistan defeated India by 5-4. With this second con­secutive victory in the World Cup playoffs, Pakistan team has qualified from Zone E, to play in the FIP XII World Polo Championship that will take place in USA from October 26 to November 6, 2022. 

Hamza Mawaz Khan played the hero’s role in Pakistan team’s tremendous triumph as he smashed in superb six goals while the remaining one from the winning side came from young and talented Raja Mikayel Sami. Other team members Raja Sami Ullah and Raja Temur Nadeem also pro­vided the much-needed sup­port in the team’s wins against India while team manager Brig (R) Badar Zaman’s pres­ence also motivated the play­ers to give their best against the neighbouring country. 

The second playoff between Pakistan and India started on a high pace as both the teams launched a series of attacks on each other’s goals but In­dia managed to convert the opening goal to take 1-0 lead. Pakistan team then made a strong comeback by firing in fabulous four goals to earn a healthy 4-1 lead. 

The second chukker saw both the teams struggling throughout the chukker but failed to convert a single goal, with Team Green still enjoying 4-1 lead. Indian team changed their game plan in the third chukker and started playing ag­gressive game that helped them bang in two back-to-back goals to reduce the margin to 3-4. Pakistani players also showed their class and thrashed in two tremendous goals to take an unassailable 6-2 lead. 

The fourth and last chuk­ker saw both the teams once again giving tough time to each other and this time, In­dia again succeeded in reduc­ing the margin to 6-3 while Pakistan’s high-flying Hama­za Mawaz Khan continued to excel and converted another beautiful goal to take the tally to 7-3. No more goals were converted by each side, thus Pakistan winning the second playoff 7-3 and also qualify­ing for the XII FIP World Cup Polo Championship