Lwando Mtwa

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Lwando Mtwa, a sec­ond year Rhodes Uni­ver­sity stu­dent, has re­cently been named in the East­ern Cape Pool side to take part in the South African U23 Na­tional 8-Ball Pool Cham­pi­onships. The event will take place be­tween 30 Septem­ber and 5 Oc­to­ber; with Mtwa join­ing two other Rhodes stu­dents (Kay­lene Brown and Hope Prince), in the five per­son EC team.

“Play­ing for team East­ern Cape is a dream come true to me,” said Mtwa. “I was born in this beau­ti­ful prov­ince and rep­re­sent­ing it means more to me than you can think, it means I should put it my to­tal best to make peo­ple of E.C proud and to put us on the map.”

This is the first time that Mtwa has been se­lected for the pro­vin­cial side, and he is grate­ful to his coach and team­mates, who have pushed him to do well. “My coach, Keenan Valen­tine, con­fi­dently told me I’d make the team when I didn’t be­lieve in my­self. I should say that I couldn’t gave done it with­out his sup­port and prac­tice I got from him,” said Mtwa.

“I want peo­ple to be aware of pool as a sport, change their mind­sets that pool is a tav­ern game, and see that it is a men­tal sport for gentle­men,” said Mtwa.

Mtwa is cur­rently look­ing for spon­sors to help him raise the funds that he needs in or­der to se­cure his place in the EC team. Those in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing Mtwa can email him at iaml­wan­domtwa@gmail.com, or con­tact him on 066 180 8866. Ad­di­tion­ally, they can con­tact De­bra Hansen from the EC Pool As­so­ci­a­tion com­mit­tee on 072 288 0005.

Photo: Sup­plied

Lwando Mtwa hold­ing one of his nu­mer­ous awards from the Rhodes Pool So­ci­ety.

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