All Africa Pool Championships:
Overall Winner: South Africa
Uganda Pool Cranes won silver at the 2015 All Africa Pool Championships that ended in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho over the weekend.
South Africa won the overall title for the second time in a row after their 2014 heroics in Tanzania.
Team Uganda perfectly recovered from the opening 14-11 loss to South Africa, to win 17-8 and 16-9 over Zimbabwe and Lesotho respectively in the subsequent matches.
Skippered by Oscar Ocacakon, the pool Cranes were led by the on form 2015 Nile Special national pool champion, Amos Ndyagumanawe, the losing finalist, Alfred Gumikiriza, Fahad Ssewankambo and Sula Matovu.
Ocacakon was impressed by the performance of the team in Maseru;
We were almost close this time according to last year’s loss against South Africa that means we have improved a lot because South Africa is a very good country compared to the rest in the competition.
Team manager, David Mugabi hails the performance of the team;
Last year, we finished fourth and the technical team tried to look at the Team and revised its problems and we promise a better result next year because we are hosting the event. This year’s challenge, we never secured enough funding for the team on time and that is why we only took a team of five instead of eight and left behind the ladies’ team
In the individual category, Uganda was represented by seven players.
Newly crowned Nile Special national champion, Amos Ndyagumanawe, Sula Matovu, Alfred Gumikiriza, Oscar Ocacakon, Fahad Ssewankambo , Herbert Kayuke and Ali ‘Neno’ Ssebana.
Gumikiriza, Ssebana, Kayuke and Matovu were all eliminated in the first round.
Team skipper, Ocakacon and Ndyagumanawe were ejected in round two.
Fahad Ssewankambo was Uganda’s best performer in the individual event, winning a bronze medal after winning the third place play-off.
The team returns to the country on Wednesday morning at 1:00 a.m.
Pool Association of Uganda (PAU) has already assured the team a heroes’ welcome.
Michael Mawanda the PAU publicist notes;
We shall accord the team a deserved heroes’ welcome. They have done the team proud.
This was the second time in a row that Uganda is taking part in the All Africa Black ball Pool championship.