Buganda Regional Pool Qualifiers kick off


side effects geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Buganda region has five regional qualifying centers which are Masaka, treatment Mubende, Luwero, Mukono and Wakiso.

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This Friday June 13, Drake’s Pub Masaka and The Club, Mubende will be the places to witness the first regional qualifiers in which each center shall have the best 32 participants in the region who triumphed over their peers in the first round.

And on Saturday, June 14, all roads shall lead to Luweero, Mukono and Wakiso. Luweero’s Big Up Club, Kasana, Cheers Pub, Seeta and Red roasters will be the venues for the shoots respectively. Entebbe will host the remaining Buganda Regional Qualifiers.

“We expect a lot of skill to be displayed because we have a good number of participants who are regulars at PAU events”, said Michael Mawanda, the Pool Association of Uganda publicist.

Solomon Nkwakira who plays for Volts and Godfrey Settumba playing for Gal’s Pool Club are the men to watch at Red Roasters.

In Mukono at Cheers all eyes will be at Ismail Mulindwa who surprised fans in 2011 Grand Finals after beating the current champion 5 to 2 in the best of nine quarter finals.

Christopher Mukasa a player for Gal’s Pool Club who has been on the qualifiers list for the past 3years qualified at Jit sports bar in the first round and is another big name to watch out for in Mukono.

Salim Akankwasa, the senior pool league top score 2013 and ScrapYard top gun had to look for smooth options when he went to Mubende. Akankwasa says it’s better for him to play in his home area and he is confident he is going to make it to the finals.

“This is my first time to participate in this championship, which has been my dream for a long time,” said Akankwasa who has earlier been sidelined due to being less than 18 years.

The best three players in the 40 regional centers will qualify and join the top 8 seeds to battle it out for the title at the grand final stage in Lugogo on September 6.

“Expanding from 60 qualifying centers to 320 venues in the first round has had its challenges mainly logistical. This is something we anticipated given the fact that this is our first 3-tiered nationwide event and I am very happy with the turn up of people and the success registered so far,” noted Farouk Wamala Kisuze, the PAU chairman.

“As the organizers, we have seen a lot of new talent in the first round and expect the regional qualifiers to be even more entertaining.”

Fallen stars so far

Adam Ssebi: He has been playing this championship since it started. Last year he was dropped from the top seeds list because of poor performance. He participated in the first round and lost in Gulu.

Richard Kizito: He is a promising player who has been qualifying for the finals over the past four years. However, failed to qualify from Nkumba.

Peter Sendegeya Nkongolo: He eliminated Sebbi Adam in last year’s National Open grand finals. He lost at MM Pub, Kabuusu.


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