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ACHIEVEMENT OF PAKISTAN POLO ASSOCIATION IN 10th WORLD POLO CHAMPIONSHIP ZONE-D PLAYOFFS
Federation of International Polo (FIP) holds World Polo Championship, every 4 years. This year 2014, during Playoffs, the teams were distributed into various Zones. Pakistan was part of Zone-D. This year, World Polo Championship Zone-D Qualifiers held in Tianjin, China in which only two countries were participating; Pakistan vs India. Rest of the countries included in Zone-D are: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Nigeria, Malaysia, Singapore and Iran which did not enter their teams for reasons best known to them. At the last Zone-D Playoffs held in Malaysia in 2011, three teams Pakistan, India and Australia qualified for the finals of the Polo World Championship held in Argentina in 2011.

Pakistan Polo Team was selected by a three member Selection Committee. The Selection Committee had initially short listed ten polo players for the training camp, and subsequently, selected six players based on their current playing form, ability and experience. Selection Committee realizing the need to promote new generation of polo players with the sole objective of preparing a young talented team for the future, selected the following six players:


  1. Mr. Muhammad Saqib Khakwani (4 goals)
  2. Mr. Ahmed Ali Tiwana (4 goals)
  3. Maj. Haseeb Minhas (3 goals) (Captain)
  4. Mr. Zain Khakwani (3 goals)
  5. Mr. Ahmed Nawaz Tiwana (2 goals)
  6. Sufi Muhammad Amir (2 goals)
Mr. Abdul Qadir Khan Mamdot was appointed Team Manager and Mr. Shah Qublai Alam was appointed as Team Coach.
The Pakistan Polo Team has been holding practice camp at Lahore and Sargodha under the able guidance of experienced polo player, Shah Qublai Alam, himself a 4 goal player and has represented Pakistan at a number of World Polo Championships. Though, in Pakistan the polo season starts from November onwards, but due to sudden unexpected schedule announced by the Federation of International Polo (FIP) regarding the World Polo Championship Zone D Playoffs were to be held from October 06 till October 12, 2014 in Tianjin, China. The team had to be prepared in a very short period of time. Considering the players had been laid off for a long summer break, Shah Qublai Alam did a brilliant job in preparing the team in less than a month, which has been extra-ordinary.

Pakistan Polo Team departed from Lahore on October 07, 2014 for Tianjin, China. Only one polo match was to be played in Zone-D qualifying round, since there were only two teams participating; Pakistan and India. The match between Pakistan vs India was scheduled to be played on October 11, 2014 at Metropolitan Polo Club, Tianjin, China. Though, China was not a recognized polo playing country, but the interest in the game of polo was fast catching the imagination of the Chinese people.

Pakistan came back from 5-1 goals down at half-time to take the lead in the sixth chukkar. India levelled the score but then hit out a 30 yard penalty that would had given them the lead and subsequently won the match. The match then went into a sudden death overtime. India had a shot at the goal first but threw the ball out. Pakistan was later awarded a 60 yard penalty which was converted brilliantly by Mr. Saqib Khakwani to give Pakistan the victory in the FIP World Championship Zone D Playoffs. Mr. Saqib Khakwani was given the award of Most Valuable Player.

Congratulations to Pakistan for their victory in the match against India to qualify from Zone-D, for the Finals of the 10th FIP World Polo Championship to be played in Chile in March 2015.