2016 Africa Blackball Pool Championship:

1st – 6th November 2016 – At Lugogo Indoor Arena, Kampala

Preparations to host a successful event of the Africa Blackball Pool Championship in Uganda are in a high gear.

The tournament that will bring together atleast 16 countries across Africa was launched in Kampala on Monday at Speke Hotel.

Pool Association of Uganda (PAU) officials Michael Mawanda (Publicity Secretary), Robert ‘Pipol’ Kayanja (Competitions Secretary), David Mugabi (Technical), Douglas Mayanja (Treasurer) and Bob Menani (Head Coach for team Uganda) jointly addressed the media.

Kayanja briefed the media of the developments thus far and vowed to stage a successful event.

We have moved on positively with the preparations despite the financial hiccups where we are still short of $160,000.

So far, the playing venue (Lugogo Indoor Arena) was secured and the preparations are going on smoothly with negotiations for more sponsorship.

We are glad however that Super Sport is on board and the games will be screened live.

Robert ‘Pipol’ Kayanja addresses the media at Speke Hotel in Kampala

As per now, a host of countries have confirmed; Uganda (hosts), South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi and Kenya have already confirmed.

Other countries as Tanzania, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Tunisia and Morocco are yet to confirm.

Team manager for the Uganda Pool Cranes, David Mugabi expressed readiness of his charges of the week-long event.

We have recruited the best players with the preliminary squad having 15 players apiece.

We are confident we shall win at home. Since we are at home, we expect less logistical hiccups of traveling

The team will be coached by veteran Pool player cum administrator Bob Minani and he will be assisted by Bob Trubish

The training venues for team Uganda shall be at Capital Pub, Pacify Motel, Lumas and Rock Catalina Pool places starting with non residential training drills this Thursday, 6th October 2016.

PAU financial controller Mayanja  acknowledged the fact they still need more financial resources;

We still need more funds to help the event look colourful.

We therefore appeal to the Government and corporate companies to come in and assist in this noble cause

The men’s side for Uganda has experienced players as Jonah ‘Joker’ Turigye, Oscar Ocacakon (Captain), Alfred Gumikiriza, Sula Matovu, Amos Ndyagumanawe, Fahad Ssewankambo, Humphrey Nsubuga, Uthuman Salongo Bukenya, Geofrey ‘Fireman’ Settumba, Fred ‘Bonde’ Namanya, Joseph Kasozi, Charles Segawa, Salim Akankwasa and Habie Sebuguzi.

The women side will be skippered by Zaimati Nabafu. Others are on the team are Victoria Namuyanja, Ritah Nimusiima, Jacinta Kajubi, Sharon Mirembe, Lydia Ayebazibwe, Tilda Nabbanja, Joan Nakayiza, Angella Busingye, Tracy Nambaf, Justine Nampebwa, Damalie Nakato, Aisha Madondo and Rose Namugerwa.

After three weeks, the team shall enter residential training to further harness the skills ahead of the continental championship which will be staged in Kampala for the first time.

The tournament shall cue off on the 1st and climax on the 6th November 2016.

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

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