2016 Africa Blackball Pool Championship:

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

The Pool Association of Uganda (PAU) has appointed veteran player and administrator Bob Menani as the new head coach for the Uganda Pool Cranes.

Bob Trubish, another experienced umpire cum player will be Menani’s assistant.

Menani and Trubish were confirmed on Monday during the launch of the 2016 Africa Blackball Pool Championship at Speke Hotel in Kampala.

The 2016 AAPA Blackball Championship will be hosted at the Lugogo Indoor Arena between 1st to 6th November.

PAU Publicity secretary, Michael Mawanda confirmed the development to the media

Mr. Bob Menani is the new coach of the Uganda Pool Cranes. He is experienced and fully equipped with the ABC of the game. He will be assisted by Bob Trubish

Menani takes over the mantle of the national team after the departure of Eddy ‘Tricky Shot Master’ Nkoyoyo who sought for greener pastures in the United States of America.

The Pool Cranes sides are preparing for the 2016 AAPA Blackball championship in which atleast 16 countries across Africa are expected to compete.

Menani expressed the readiness to coach both the men and women national sides;

I am ready to pass on my knowledge to the youngsters. Pool is about the mind and skill. I will polish both aspects for all players to see that Uganda wins at home.

Uganda (hosts), South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi and Kenya have already confirmed their participation.

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

The same press briefing was also attended by the team manager for the Uganda Pool Cranes, Competitions secretary Robert ‘Pipol’ Kayanja, David Mugabi and head of finances at PAU, Douglas Mayanja.

The team composition:

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 team will be trimmed to 12 players per gender who will be registered for the African meet.

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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