x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Polo titans Ghantoot and Zedan ready to clash in President of UAE Cup

A pair of unbeatens will square off at the HH President of the UAE Cup, with host Ghantoot Land Rover facing Zedan of Saudi Arabia.

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Ignacio "Nachi" Heguy, shooting, has been a goal-scoring machine for Zedan Saudi Arabia but he may meet his match in Ghantoot's Hugo Barabucci.

Two of the greatest polo players in the world go head to head in a clash of the No 4s at 5.30pm today.

Hugo Barabucci and Nachi Heguy will face each other in the President of the UEA Polo Cup at the Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club.

Heguy is an eight-goal star who plays for Saudi Arabia's Zedan side while Barabucci is a seven-goal player with the Ghantoot Land Rover team.

Both the Argentines play the No 4 position and this is the first time they have clashed in this tournament while their teams are unbeaten so far in the cup competition. Barabucci, scored five of his side's nine goals to help his team to a first match victory over Abu Dhabi Polo. Heguy even better, scoring three times in open play and converting four penalties in Zedan's 10-4 triumph against Desert Palm.

Barabucci said the hosts were expecting a tough match.

"Zedan have been playing very well and we know that this will be a very hard game," he said.

"Nachi has been performing well and scored seven goals, three in open play against Desert Palm, so we will be looking at ways to neutralise him and limit the amount of penalties we give away."

Before the heavyweight clash, Jordan's Sumaya Polo will take on Dubai's Gold Cup finalists, Bin Drai in the earlier match.

Both games are open to the public and free to attend.

The President of the UAE Polo Cup is being held at Abu Dhabi's Royal club until March 30 and, with eight teams, is the largest polo tournament in the region.

The event aims to showcase the talents of emerging Emirati players as well as high-goal professionals from Argentina.

The final will take place on March 30 and again the match will free to attend and open to the public.