The Nile Special National Pool Open regional qualifiers are meant for only 32 participants and the top two qualifiers for the national Open. But it wasn’t the case in Lira as pool palyers from Kitgum stormed Hawai Spot demanding an explanation why no qualifier was to take place in their home area.
The organizers after failing to have a genuine explanation they decided to have 64 players and the long journey begun.
Kitgum’s Jimmy Okello took the top prize and Silver Obua came second. The two will represent the region at the national finals in Lugogo on August 25.
In Arua it was Emmanuel Chool who came out on top after defeating Hakim Taban 3-0 to qualify for his straight second national open. Born to a Sudanese father and a Ugandan mother the 19 year had seen off three time regional winner Swadik Aziku 2-3 in the semis.
“That semi final game I studied it very well,” Chool told kawowo.com. “I expected to beat him after he said he will defeat me at whatever stage in the Nile tournament,” he added. Chool was more worried about qualifying and that he had, he warned that the other pool players that will make the cut have to take him serious. Chool will be competing in his second straight final after Waswa Kaikya knocked him out last year a the round of 16.
“I have gained experience over the time and my target is semi finals,” he said. The tournament continues today in Gulu and Nebbi districts.