'Take pool to the people'

HARARE - Harare Pool League chairman Edmar Nhakuza says his board will aim to change perceptions of the sport by taking pool out of the bars and into the schools next year.

Pool, which is mainly played in night clubs across the country, has been largely been viewed as a game for pub goers.

But Nhakuza believes this has only prevented the sport from growing.

“Our aim for 2014 is to take pool out of the bars and into schools,” Nhakuza said yesterday.

“We lacked consistent sponsors this year but we are thankful to the individuals who chipped in here and there to keep us going.”

The Harare Pool League on Sunday held their annual awards ceremony in Harare, with City Stars Pool Club being rewarded for winning the Harare Pool League.

The awards ceremony was sponsored to the tune of $7 000 and awarded prizes ranging from Referee of the Year, Fair Play of the Year, Best Premier League Player amongst other accolades.

City Stars won the Harare Pool League after winning 22 games, drawing three games and losing five en route to finishing top with 69 points.

Prince Marikano proved to be Stars trump card winning 16 games and only losing seven from the 23 games he played.

Apart from the league, City Stars also won the Opening season Gala Cup earlier in the year.

2012 League winners’ Clear line Electrical finished second with 65 points whilst All Stars complete the top three after finishing with 62 points.

Nhakuza added that the awards ceremony was funded by individuals as well as money accumulated from the three dollar entry fee paid by players during the end of month tournaments.

“We had five clubs that folded this year because of lack of funds and it’s a pity that talent is washed away with such developments.

But it is our hope that more sponsors will keep coming in.”

Stars chairman Herbert Sibamba said resilience was the catalyst to his side’s triumph.

“It has been a tough year for all clubs mainly because we are self-funded but I want to give credit to the commitment of the players,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mbare Lions, Mangwende, Vahombe and Madavanhu Best  will be fighting for honours in the top flight next year following their promotion from division one.

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