Nile Special National Pool Championship Qualifiers – Kampala Region

Friday, 25 September 2015:

  1. Orange Country          -Nalukolongo
  2. Jacaranda                    -Wakaliga

Saturday, 26 September 2015:

  1. Diana’s Pub                 –Kanyanya
  2. Icon Bar                      – Nansana

The Pool Open regional qualifiers return to Kampala this weekend with several qualification centers cue-ing off as early as Friday.

Kampala is usually a very competitive zone and as witnessed earlier in Makindye,  small margins are expected to separate the top three from the chasing pack.

Main focus will surely be on Skin Samona rookie, Musa Ssekiriba whose fame skyrocketed during last year’s grand finale following his defeat of the record champion of the Nile Special Pool Open Jonan Turigye in the round of 16.

Ssekiriba will take to the pool table at Orange County Pub in Nalukolongo on Friday.

Perhaps, the 2015 Easter Cup semi-finalist, will be up against familiar opposition in Bunamwaya Pool Club’s Dezo Sewajje, the League One top scorer.

Last year, Sewajje secured his qualification in Entebbe adding to his budding career that includes a last 16 finish in last year’s Christmas Cup.  

Isabela Pool Club’s Moses Musisi, a five-year top league veteran and three time Pool Open grand finale qualifier and Indigo Pool Club’s Isaac Kizito are expected to mount formidable challenges too.

At Diana’s Pub in Kanyanya, the pressure will be unto,  Iddi Walusimbi, arguably the slowest pool player in the country at the moment.

Walusimbi targets qualification for the second time in a row. Last year, he qualified from Kalweere.

In William Kanyesigye, Walusimbi has a potential threat.

Kanyesigye claimed this year’s Ntinda Open that featured renowned stars including the 2013 Pool Open champion Turigye, national seed 3 and 4 Amos Ndyagumanawe and Sula Matovu respectively.

The Pool Association publicity Michael Mawanda notes that the margin between the veterans and the rising stars has been significantly bridged in recent years.

This, he attributes to both the risen stakes in the Nile Special Pool Open and the heightened competition all year round.

Any venture down the road of pointing out favourites  is now quite a slippery one. But while shocks are expected to abound, there are some players  expected to at least be within the qualification slots

The best three players in each region book slots to the grand finale slated to be played on Saturday, 24 October at the MTN Arena, Lugogo.

Fahad Ssewankambo is the defending champion.

*Related Story – KNOW YOUR STARS: Idi Walusimbi – A snail paced pool player

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

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