2015 Nile Special National pool championship:

Grand Finale: Amos Ndyagumanawe 7-5 Alfred Gumikiriza

Skin Samona pool club player, Amos ‘Real Shooter’ Ndyagumanawe is the 2015 Nile special national pool championship winner.

To achieve the feat, Ndyagumanawe, 25, beat 127 other players at the climax of the grand finale played at the Lugogo indoor arena on Saturday, 24th October 2015.

After years of near misses, Ndyagumanawe cast aside the ‘bad omen’ to record a career highlight by winning his first ever national title.

The dread-locked player was composed on the pool table throughout the eight rounds, often playing with composure and speed.

I am excited upon this victory. I saw it coming. I have been training well including a training camp in Kenya. I am so happy to God

Prior the finals, where Ndyagumanawe defeated teammate, Alfred ‘Black Sheep’ Gumikiriza 7-5 in the thrilling match, he had overcome 8 other players in the earlier rounds.

It was a match where the winner sought perfect revenge after he lost the title in 2012 to Gumikiriza in the finals.

For his achievement, he earned Ug.shs 2M, two pool table, a winners’ jacket, and a brand new Toyota Mark II vehicle.

Shocks:

New crowned 2015 Kampala Open champion, Simon ‘The Computer’ Lubulwa suffered a shock exit from the tourney losing 3-2 to little known Cyrus Acir in the very first opening round.

In the same vein, the Kampala Open losing finalist, Salim Akwankwasa also bowed out of the tourney, losing 3-0 to Musa Ssekiliba in the same round.

Last year’s champion, Fahad ‘The Bee’ Ssewankambo was knocked out by Humphrey Nsubuga in the quarter-finals.

Sula Matovu was humiliated by Gulu’s Emma Ocitti 4-0 in a one sided affair at the round three (stage of 32) before pre-tournament favorite Musa Sekiliba narrowly lost 4-3 to Eric Mugabo in arguably the most exciting match on the day.

Dejected Gumikiriza conceded defeat and sportingly congratulated the new winner.

Congratulations to the National Open Pool Champion 2015, Ndyagumanawe Amos aka Nyabingi, you were better than me. I am now contemplating on retirement next year

Pool Association of Uganda president, Farouk Wamala Kisuze hailed the sponsors, the pool umpires, fans, organizers and the players for the spirited effort to hold a successful event.

This is a life changing tournament. We expect the different winners to live a better changed lifestyle than the one they have been living. I thank our sponsors, fans, pool officials, national council of sports, players and the media for every contribution

Music Diva, Desire Luzinda of the ‘Ekitone fame’ thrilled the fans with an energetic performance before the main finals.

The tournament is the biggest event on the Pool Association of Uganda calendar.

Over 5000 players were engaged in the national qualifiers that traversed the entire country including virgin regions for the game as Moroto and Moyo.

All Winners:

2001 – Bob Meneni

2003 – Jeff Miiro

2008 – Jonah ‘Joker’ Turigye

2009  -Fred ‘Bonde’ Namanya

2011 – Halifan Ntwali

2012 – Alfred ‘Black Sheep’ Gumikiriza

2013 – Jonah ‘Joker’ Turigye

2014 – Fahad ‘The Bee’ Ssewankambo

2015 – Amos ‘Real Shooter’ Ndyagumanawe

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

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