Mubaiwa tar­gets pool ti­tle

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Takudzwa Chit­siga

THE 2016 Car­ling Black La­bel Na­tional Pool Fi­nals run­ner-up Tendai “In­spec­tor” Mubaiwa has promised to re­claim his ti­tle at the Mutare Mo­tor­ing Club in Mutare this Satur­day.

This year’s edi­tion of the pre­mier pool tour­na­ment has drawn over 2 150 par­tic­i­pants and all eyes will be on Mubaiwa who lost his ti­tle to Bless­ing Chatoma last year. Chatoma of Harare took the honours af­ter beat­ing Mubaiwa by two frames to nil in the men’s fi­nal at The Barn in Gweru. Mubaiwa had won the same event in Bulawayo.

“I think I am go­ing to im­prove from last year’s per­for­mance where I un­der­rated my op­po­nent and he rode on that,’’ said Mubaiwa.

“I played some­one whom I usu­ally play with and I knew bet­ter so I just took it ca­su­ally but at the end it proved costly to me. This year there are no ex­cuses as I did ev­ery­thing and I hope to be some­where near the fi­nals at worst.

“The com­pe­ti­tion is al­ways tough and I think the event which we hosted, the All-Africa Chal­lenge, gave me con­fi­dence as I was one of coaches and this helped me a lot.

“I am prac­tis­ing a lot, es­pe­cially here at Maruta and in Chi­tung­wiza, where there is a lot of com­pe­ti­tion.

“I play dif­fer­ent play­ers like Eddie Gu­min­doga, Prince Much­abaiwa, Abisha Makoni, Jai­son Mhundwa and Joe Nya­muko­rosa who are equally good.”

In the women’s sec­tion, Char­ity Ncube of Kadoma, who is the de­fend­ing cham­pion, took the honours by de­feat­ing Pa­tience Pasi­pamire 2-0 in last year’s fi­nal.The CBL Na­tional Pool Championships have be­come a very suc­cess­ful tour­ney on the do­mes­tic front.

This year has seen the tour­ney in­creas­ing its par­tic­i­pants’ base by over 150 play­ers.

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