2017 National Open Pool championship
- Saturday, 28th October 2017
- At the Lugogo Indoor Arena, Kampala
Official Opening Match
- Sula Matovu Vs Ashiraf Kinene (Center Table) – 9 a.m
The clock is fast ticking to the most prestigious and biggest local Pool event of the year, the National Open Championship.
The pressure is on the 128 players who qualified for the finals whose eventual winner will drive home a brand new Toyota Altezza, pocket Shs5M and also smile away with a championship Pool table.
Intense pressure clouds the defending champion, Sula ‘Kawujjo’ Matovu in particular for the bold fact that no player has ever managed to defend the championship.
However, Matovu believes he will break the record by becoming the first player in history to defend the championship;
I am prepared and ready to deal with the pressure that comes with the open.
History is made and broken. I want to break the history chain.
Matovu will start his title defense against little known Ashraf Kinene.
In case Matovu goes past the first test, there could be a final before the final in round two, with Simon ‘The Computer’ Lubulwa if the latter also wins round one.
To win the open, you have to beat the best and I am in the right frame of mind to do so.
The other 7 seeded players are also good money bets to win the trophy.
Seed two Fahad Ssewankambo will battle Susuna Kiguli in round one while Humphrey Nsubuga takes on fast improving Allan Katongole and Alfred Gumikiriza will lock horns with Tonny Kasozi.
Another top seed Geoffrey Ssetumba will face Eddy Kawuuki in round one as 2015 winner Amos Ndyagumanawe faces seed 7 Dan Mubiru.
Other serious contenders are; Jonah ‘Joker’ Turigye, Ivan Kanyesigye, Wasswa Kayiiya (the record league winner with 7 titles).
There is an increment in prize monies for the top 16 players.
This will definitely reflect a rise in the level of competition will lift up the standards of the game expected at the tournament, arguably the biggest on the local pool calendar.
The qualification matches involved over 5000 players from 250 playing centers across the country.
Round One Matches
- Sula Matovu Vs Ashraf Kinene
- Jackson Kaweesi Vs Simon Lubulwa
- Walter Muntu Vs William Busingye
- Dennis Ongom Vs Abdul Ganny
- Mansoor Bwanika Vs Wasswa Kayiiya
- Nelson Komakech Vs Eddy Ojakol
- Paul Wasike Vs Ashiraf Mbaziira
- Hamza Bogere Vs Rogers Natukunda
- James Okello Vs Gilbert Ofoyuru
- Guma Christopher Vs Jude Samula
- Benjamin Jemba Vs Christopher Senteza
- Bob Kilama Vs Fred Muture
- Abudallah Shariffa Vs Alfred Orach
- Edward Modi Vs Rashid Hamza
- Tumwegyukye Gideon Vs Salim Wesonga
- Prince Ainematsiko Vs Habie Sebuguzi
- Humphrey Nsubuga Vs Allan Katongole
- Rincon Kaggwa Vs George Kiwanuka
- Eric Kaggwa Vs Victor Kasamba
- Elisha Kiwanuka Vs Ronald Mugalu
- Swaleh Nsengiyonva Vs Martin Ariho
- Ivan Kanyesigye Vs Allan Nsubuga
- Alex Sekatawa Vs Michael Okong
- Abubaker Nakabale Vs Jonan Turigye
- Ivan Ashaba Vs Kenneth Odong
- Musa Sekiliba Vs Simon Turigye
- Caleb Muhairwe Vs William Kanyesigye
- Abdul Ssozi Vs Tom Ebulu
- Saul Matsiko Vs Herbert Kayuke
- Bwire Mustapha Vs Fahad Ntambi
- Patrick Lwokya Vs Kenneth Mutabaazi
- Eddy Kawuuki Vs Geoffrey Settumba
- Alfred Gumikiriza Vs Tonny Kasozi
- Billy Jemba Vs Patrick Manyigamukama
- Nkwakira Solomon Vs Amanya Arthur
- Arinaitwe Moses Vs Solomon Malembe
- Mugerwa Sowedi Vs Paul Kawooya
- Samson Apedo Vs Ekarol Kenneth
- Ibrahim Sejjemba Vs Joseph Mutaawe
- Raju Sharif Vs Henry Buule
- Marlin Jamaldin Vs Kiiza Ssali
- Abdul Ssekito Vs Jack Dolla
- Daniel Waffa Vs Jimmy Ocaka
- James Opio Vs Senoga Swaibu
- Nabaasa Joram Vs Joseph Kaweesi
- Peter Mugisha Vs Mwambu Michael
- Brian Tunula Vs Wasswa Lukode
- Ssenabulya Sulaiman Vs Fred Namanya
- Dan Mubiru Vs Amos Ndyagumanawe
- Yusuf Wamani Vs Ivan Ogenrwot
- Andrew Lukwago Vs Ronnie Mulungi
- Umar Mafabi Vs Fredrick Mubiru
- Herbert Ndugga Vs William Mirembe
- Cyrus Mawejje Vs Salim Akankwasa
- Cyrus Acir Vs Albert Kakiga
- Ceaser Chandiga Vs Emmy Jondu
- Ephraim Bukenya Vs Martin Cyrus Ojambo
- Frank Miiro Vs Richard Kalungi
- Sadique Aziku Vs Moses Byamukama
- Osophia Jamal Vs Alipu Moses
- Joseph Serwanja Vs Patrick Mujuzi
- Kizza Francis Vs Kanyesigye Godfrey
- Godfrey Amanya Vs Phenekansi Nkonge
- Kiguli Susuna Vs Fahad Sewankambo