A TOTAL of 48 teams are going to converge on Marondera’s Makotore Farm for the two-day national pool Champions League contest from 29 February to 1 March.
Organised by Zimbabwe Pool Association (Zipa), the tournament will feature top performing district teams from all the country’s 10 provinces.
“In the last weekend of February, we are going to have a Champions League tournament that will be played in Marondera. We had initially planned to have 32 teams but judging from the positive response that we have got, 48 teams are going to battle it out in the two-day event set for Marondera,” said Zipa marketing and publicity officer Kennedy Tom.
He added that the Zipa board was happy with the level of commitment shown by their affiliates on the development of pool.
“Our provincial executives’ passion on development of pool is thrilling. All our affiliates are so much dedicated and as such the Champions League meet will help us to further engage each other on the development of the game,” said Tom.
Meanwhile, last Saturday Zipa public relations officer Donald Wadawu visited the country’s biggest province, Masvingo, for formalisation of its structures.
Masvingo Urban District Pool Association vice president Kudakwashe Mudekunye said: “His (Wadawu) visit helped us to discuss a lot of things. He helped us see the need to affiliate with the Zimbabwe Pool Association and as such we are at a stage of creating structures to further develop the game in Masvingo. At the moment, Masvingo Urban District Pool Association supervises the Masvingo Pool Super League.”
Wadawu, a renowned Bulawayo-based pool doyen said: “Our recommendation to Masvingo as a province is to utilise the existing structure under Masvingo Urban. This association has the capacity to spread the game of pool throughout Masvingo province and they have good relations with the Masvingo business community.
“Masvingo, Matabeleland South and Matabeleland North were not in Zipa structures in the previous year as such work is now at an advanced stage to have them join the fast growing pool family of Zimbabwe. In 2020, we are looking forward to working with all our provinces to spread the game to all districts.”