The Pool Association of Uganda (PAU) has earmarked participating in this year’s Africa and World Championships as the prime priorities among the body’s agenda for the year 2014.

“Surely, we shall be participating in the September African Championships (in Dar es Salaam) and the world championships later in the year in Europe”, PAU President, Farouk Kisuze revealed in a special year opening media briefing at Lumas Pool pub in Kampala.

Busiest Pool Season Ever:

With the newly introduced pool super cup successfully conducted over the weekend (Skin Samona and Indigo pool clubs finished as winners), PAU will witness one of their busiest seasons ever.

On top of the leagues (Senior, league one and ladies leagues), the Easter, Independence, Pool Queen, Nile Special open, Kampala open championships, Bika, the season ending Christmas, the  doubles tourney and the champions’ league for the 8 top seeds have been added.

“Given all those tournaments, we shall also participate in the African and world pool championships this very year”, Robert ’Pipo’ Kayanja, PAU’s tournament secretary elucidated.

Intriguing selection process:

The available slots to the national team may be limited but the number of great pool players in the country is amazingly accelerating.

Eddy Nkoyoyo, the team’s national coach who also doubles as the secretary in charge of institutions (schools and universities) told the media current form than the name tag of the players will be strictly adhered to in the run to the selection of the team.

“At the moment, a special selection committee has about 30 players in the frame. Good enough the league starts this weekend. We shall keep monitoring the performance of all players in the league before we trim the number to 20 by May 2014”, Nkoyoyo, who is tagged the ‘trick master’ for his wonderful gimmicks on the pool table explains.

Sponsors and government assistance:

Like all sports associations and bodies in the Country, Pool Association of Uganda (PAU) has always lobbied for corporate and government assistance and on many a times, the former have never disappointed.

 “We are working closely with all our associate partners and National Council of Sports (NCS) and the government to see that the national team gets facilitation well in time to enable Uganda take part in the Africa and global events”, Farouk Kisuze, who also doubles as general secretary of the Africa Q-pool body added.

Some of the players whose form will be closely monitored are the 8 top seeded players; all those who qualified for the national pool open championships and surprise new kids on the block.

Players like the reigning USPA male pool player of the year, Fahad Ssewankambo, 3 time national open champion, Jonah ‘Joker’ Turigye, former national champion, Alfred ‘Black Sheep’ Gumikiriza, the attack minded trio of Sula Matovu, Joseph Mutawe and Amos Ndyagumanawe, slow but sure duo of Wasswa Kayiiya and Ssalongo Uthman Bukenya and many other are some of the those to battle competitively of the limited slots on the national team.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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