LAHORE - Pakistan polo team was warmly welcomed at Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore on their return from Johannesburg, South Africa after beating India twice to qualify for the XII FIP Polo World Cup.

At the airport, Pakistan Polo Association officials and polo lovers were present to greet the national polo team that comprised of Brig (R) Badar Zaman, PPA Secretary Lt Col Ayaz Ahmed, Lt Col (R) Omer Minhas, Hamza Mawaz Khan, Ahmed Ali Tiwana, Raja Jalal Arslan, Imran Shahid and Shahzad Ahmed. Two members of the team Raja Samiullah and Raja Mikayel Sami landed at Islamabad Airport while another player Raja Temur Nadeem went straight to UK from South Africa. 

As per information provided by Secretary PPA Lt Col Ayaz Ahmed, the Pakistan team is a mix of experienced and young players who played aggressively against arch-rivals India and dominated both the matches winning first match by 5-4 and second by 7-3 to qualify for the XII FIP Polo World Championship that will be played in USA in October and November this year. 

It is worth mentioning here that the national team players had a fruitful time there in Johannesburg, South Africa, where they trained and practice well and were also honoured by South African Polo Association President Mr. Nigel Pilling. Besides the national team, Dr Mazhar Javed, Pakistan’s Ambassador to South Africa was also present on the occasion. Hopefully, the Team Green will now train well and try to give their best during the mega event.