Alfred ‘Black Sheep’ Gumikiriza and Ritah Nimusiima won the 2014 men and women Kampala Pool Open championship titles on Sunday at Lumas Pool Pub along Namirembe road in Kampala.

Christened Black Sheep, Gumikiriza, the 2012 National open pool champion beat Fred ‘Bonde’ Namanya 7 – 3 in the final and 255 other men to win the men’s title.

In ladies category, Ritah Nimusima won Kajubi Jacinata 5-0 in the finals to retain the title she won last year at Capital pub Kabalagala.

Winners’ Quotes:
 
     “I felt from the word go, this was my title” Black Sheep said.
 
     “Am very happy that l has retained my title and hoping also to take the Christmas cup” said Nimusima, the USPA 2013 Pool player said after winning.

Gumikiriza, who has been losing the last 6 individual finals in 2 years at last had some reason to smile.

He lost to seed one Fahad Sewankambo in 2013 Easter cup, lost 3 times to Amos Ndyagumanawe  in finals but this time he fought for a win and he got it.

Earlier Black Sheep survived senior player Wasswa Kayiya in the last 16 whom he defeated 4-2 in the best of seven.

In the quarter finals Gumikiriza faced Nakawa’s Omony Easy who was also not easy to defeat.

He then faced his teammate and seed 7 Amos Ndyagumanawe who he slashed six to one in the best of 11 sem-finals.

This was a sweet revenge for black sheep because Amos has been winning the last three meetings with him in all tournaments.

Namanya also surprised the audience when he reached the finals after surviving Kigen Cornellius from Kenya who had very good shorts and skills. Kigen who won Nakabale Abubaker in quarter finals didn’t survive Bonde after losing 6-4.

Nakabale was also a big surprise in the tournament when he outclassed seed one and National open champion 2014 4 to 1 in the last 16.

Seed two Joseph Mutawe was stopped by Amos Ndyagumanawe in the quarter finals after losing 5-3.
2013 Kampala open champion was also stopped in the last 16 after losing to Trust & obey Matovu Navy who lost to Namanya in the quarters finals.

Kigen Cornellius won the second runner up place after winning Amos Ndyagumanawe 4-2 in the best of seven game to determine third place.

Nimusima also got sweet revenge on Kajubi who won her in the finals of the top seeded players (masters of the table).

The event was organized by Pool Association of Uganda (PAU) and sponsored by Kyato motors and Lumas pool Arena.

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

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