Pool mas­ters bat­tle for supremacy

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Fun­gai Mud­erere Sports Re­porter

TOP com­peti­tors from across the coun­try will bat­tle for pool su­pe­ri­or­ity at the an­nual Car­ling Black La­bel Na­tional Pool Cham­pi­onships at Barn Sports Club in Gweru on Satur­day.

The com­pe­ti­tion’s 18 re­gional fi­nals that were played in Bu­l­awayo, Gwanda, Beit­bridge, Gweru, Zvisha­vane, Hwange, Maron­dera, Vic­to­ria Falls, Beit­bridge, Chin­hoyi, Chipinge, Masvingo, Mutare, Karoi, Mu­to­toko, Chegutu, Rusape, Harare and Kwekwe, among other cen­tres, were held from the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber to Oc­to­ber 26.

“We are ex­pect­ing to have an ex­cit­ing event af­ter we increased our re­gional com­pe­ti­tions from 10 to 18 this year. It means an increased cov­er­age and more play­ers are go­ing to fight for the top prize,” said Delta Cor­po­ra­tion mar­ket­ing man­ager Pa­tri­cia Mu­ram­binda.

Over 2 000 play­ers will have par­tic­i­pated in the re­gional and na­tional com­pe­ti­tions this year, an increase of about 700 play­ers com­pared to last year. The last na­tional fi­nals tour­na­ment was held at Rayl­ton Sports Club in Bu­l­awayo.

“Delta’s vi­sion to en­hance sport and cul­ture in the coun­try is well part­nered by the ob­jec­tives of the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion and the play­ers or sup­port­ers at large.

“It is a win-win game for the Car­ling Black La­bel drinkers as they en­joy big value for their money and en­ter­tain­ment. It is a smart source of in­come for qual­ity play­ers.

“We have no doubt that lo­cal tal­ent is be­ing af­forded the chance for dreams as mas­ters of the game to come to fruition,” said Mu­ram­binda.

Chi­tung­wiza dom­i­nated the 2015 fi­nals with Tendai Mubaiwa walk­ing away $1000 richer af­ter win­ning the men’s cat­e­gory.

Mubaiwa beat Hil­lary Muka­muri of Harare into sec­ond po­si­tion, with Wil­fred Po­tokosi of Chi­tung­wiza com­ing third.

The women’s fi­nal was won by Shamiso Musi­iwa of Mutare af­ter beat­ing Si­bongile Makuya of Chi­tung­wiza. A to­tal of 64 play­ers par­tic­i­pated in the men’s cat­e­gory, while 16 women bat­tled for hon­ours. - @Fun­gaiMud­erere

Pa­tri­cia Mu­ram­binda

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