Chatoma, Ncube win big

HARARE - Harare and Kadoma-based pool players Blessing Chatoma and Charity Ncube bagged $1 000 each after winning their respective categories at the annual Carling Black Label (CBL) National Pool Finals at the Barn Sports Bar in Gweru over the weekend.

Chatoma dismissed last year’s winner Tendai Mubaiwa 2-0 in the men’s final while Ncube accounted for Patience Pasimire by a similar score line to be crowned queen of the tables.

“It’s always a great feeling to win any competition and winning the nationals is just amazing.

“It was a tough road to the final with lots of talented players but I’m happy I managed to win,” Chatoma said of his victory.

“It’s early Christmas with such good financial rewards from the sponsors and I promise to make good use of the prize money and hope for better fortunes against next year.”

The finals marked the end of an exciting journey that began with regional competitions by consumers who were all fighting for the coveted prize.

“Pool is an art which I seem to have fallen in love with and one can’t ask for anything more if you are rewarded for doing what you like most,” Ncube said.

“It’s been a great turnout by the ladies demystifying the notion that pool is only for men — what men can do women can also do if not even better.”

Apart from the overall winner, the first and second runner-up in both the men and women events received cash prizes of $600 and $200 respectively taking this year’s prize money to $3 600.

The organisers also gave away eight pool tables to lucky consumers who entered their competition.

A total of 150 players qualified for the national finals in the men’s category and 25 women in the women’s category as Delta Beverages and the national pool association marked more than 10 years in partnership.

Delta Corporation marketing manager Patricia Murambinda reiterated her organisation’s continued support for the developmental of the sport.

“Delta Beverages, through its CBL brand has contributed tremendously to the development of pool in Zimbabwe,” Murambinda said.

“We have players who have benefited immensely from this marriage with pool...Delta’s vision to enhance sport and culture in the country is well partnered by the objectives of the national association and the players or supporters at large.

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