2017 Open Pool Championship
- 26th August – 23rd September: Start of preliminary round qualifiers
- 15th September – 14th October – Regional Qualifiers
- 28th October – Grand Finals (At Lugogo)
- Over 8000 players to take part
- Sponsors have injected 450M (250M to the pool association)
- Winner will drive home a brand new Toyota Altezza and Shs.5M
The 2017 Nile Special National Open Pool Championship has been launched.
There was a reason or two for the newly sworn in Pool Association of Uganda (PAU) officials and players alike to smile after the launch.
First things first, there is a remarkable increment in the amount of prize money to the excelling players.
Secondly, the tournament has been extended to every corner of the country to accommodate as many players as possible.
Addressing journalists during the launch, the sponsors brand manager Francis Nyende re-echoed the brewer’s continued investment in the annual tournament;
As a national brand that always seeks to inspire Ugandans to be proud of their nation. The pool open gives us that national platform to do this especially because it reaches almost every corner of this country.
If there is any need for extra motivation to win, this time round the car to be won is a Toyota Altezza. It is a firm sports car and we are sure all competitors will play their best to take it home come the grand finale.
The tournament will officially cue off on Friday, 25 August 2017 with the respective preliminary round of qualifiers.
These will last up to 23rd September. Mid next month, the regional championships will commence up to 14th October 2017.
The launch was also graced by the newly elected PAU chairman Bob Trubish, Publicity Secretary Ngobi and some of the top seeded PAU players.
The 8 top seeds, like the custom has been will not be engaged in the qualifiers as they will take part only in the final tournament among the 128 players in the national finals at Lugogo.
Defending champion, Sula Matovu expressed readiness to become the first player to defend the national championship;
“I have been training and will continue to train. It is good the prize money has been improved. This give me the impetus to strive harder. I also need that car so that i win it for my mother,” Matovu, who features at CKI club stated.
Trubish was all smiles at the launch. He appreciated the sponsors and believes pool is headed to the right decision.
“The National Pool Open has been revamped this year and after various engagements with Nile Brewries and the new Pool Executive team, there have been a number of positive changes in the tournament inclusive of increased cash prizes. This should make it an even more prestigious event ad have players across the country coming in big numbers to make their dream a reality through the national open.”
During the grand finale on 28th October 2017, the winner will drive away a Toyota Altezza, win a high end super league pool table and pocket home Shs.5M.
Favourites as Fahad Ssewankambo, Alfred ‘Black Sheep’ Gumikiriza and Geofrey ‘Fire’ Ssetumba graced the launch.
- Overall winner – Toyota Altezza, 5M & a high-end Super League Pool table
- 2nd place finisher – 5,000,000 and a Super League Pool table.
- 3rd place finisher – 2,500,000
- 4th place finisher – 1,250,000
- 5th to 8th place – 625,000
- 9th to 16th place – 300,000