2014  Pool Queen Championships:

Pearl sporto sponsored lady pool player, Carol Kanzira is set to defend her title this Saturday of 27th September 2014. According to the draws conducted on Wednesday, she was pitted in group B against a number of good players expected pose a serious challenge to her road towards the final.

Kanzira,who will face Nebira Barbara in the first round, is likely to meet either Nakayiza Joan or Mirembe Sharon in the second round and Kagoya Vivian in the third round.

Should everything favour her, Kanzira will face either Nandawula Michele, Angela Busingye and Naluggwa Shamim in the Quarterfinals, with a possibility of facing Ritah Nimusiima Ritah in the Semis.

Kanzira was quick to assert her readiness to defend the titles after the draws yesterday.

“It is a tough group in which I am going to face stiff competition from highly skilled opponents but am on good form and in high spirits. I will employ a balanced attack and defend strategy with little emphasis on perfecting my shots. I will outsmart whoever will be unlucky to face me,” said a determined Kanzira.

In Group B, 2013 USPA Female Pool Player of the Year Ritah Nimusiima won’t play in the first round after benefiting from a bye.

The other tough players in this group are Nakiyemba Sarah, Kaku Janet, Rehemah Nanyondo, Mutesi Judith, and Ayebazibwe Lydia.

In group A, Nabafu Zaimati and Namuyanja Vicky will launch their title campaigns in the second round after being lucky to be drawn with no opponents in the first round.

Nabafu will likely meet Kajubi Jacinta or Nabbanja Tilda in the third round.  Namuyanja Vicky will likely meet Nampeera Justine in the Quarter Finals. Two-timePAU Queen Jacinta Kajubi who has recently claimed the 2014 and Inaugural Master of the Table will be a favorite in Group A and is the player to watch out for.

This year’s edition has attracted 61 ladies from different parts of the country. The winner will walk away with One Million Shillings (UGX 1,000,000) and a Brand New Pool Tablesponsored by Nile Special.

The PAU Chairman Mr. Farouk Wamala Kisuze said the association was not satisfied with the registered number of female pool players in the country.

“Our task as an association, which is in tandem with National Council of Sports and All Africa Pool Association (AAPA) guidelines, is to grow our female participant base in the country.

We have a directive to integrate this event into the recently concluded male dominated National Pool Open by including a ladies category.

We shall accomplish the integration next season and through the campaign, we expect to register more female pool players”, said Mr. Kisuze.

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

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