EIGHT Bulawayo pool teams are set to converge at The Dawn Restaurant Special for the fifth edition of the late Peter Dziko memorial tournament.
The late Dziko was a renowned master of the billiards who was influential in nurturing young pool players and in the formation of the Bulawayo Pool Association (BPA).
Bulawayo’s Lobengula Sharks won the first edition of the memorial tournament in 2017.
Last year, 50 pool players took part in the fourth edition of the contest that saw Clemence Gutse come out first while Ashton Moyo and seasoned Terrence Mhindu finished as the first and second runners ups respectively.
“As opposed to a singles player tournament that we had last year, for the fifth edition of the late Peter Dziko memorial tournament we are going to have eight teams contest. It was an open invitation, but on a first come first serve basis, we are going to have eight clubs to fight it out for the top honours,” said one of the late Dziko sons, Osbornewells.
With regards to registration fees, Osbornewells said each club will pay US$30 to take part in a contest that will be played in three doubles and six singles format.
This year’s winners will go home with a prize money of US$150 plus a floating trophy. The second best club will receive US$100 and second runners up will pocket US$50.
Osbornewells said there will be a consolation prize for a team that will come out on position four.
The same memorial tournament will be held next Saturday at the late Dziko’s home area Honde Valley, where four teams, Kamba, Chavanga, Chisuko and Katambarare are set to battle it out at Chisuko Township, which is about 125 kilometres from Mutare.
Meanwhile, following the country’s invitation to take part in the 2022 All-Africa tournament in Zambia, the Zimbabwe Pool Association (ZIPA) has setup a three-member fundraising committee to raise funds that will enable the team to grace the Lusaka contest that will be held from 4 March to 6 March.
“As usual we will participate in next year’s AAPA games. We have started to prepare for our trip to Lusaka and as such we are working on the AAPA qualifiers dates for our Zimbabwe players. Most likely we are going to have these qualifiers early next year at district and provincial levels where we expect to get a team of 32 ladies and 64 men that will be further trimmed to a total of 12 representatives,” said ZIPA.
In letter addressed to ZIPA secretariat, All Africa Pool Association (AAPA) secretary-general David Benjamin Mugabi, who also leads the Uganda Pool Association, said at the championships, there will be both team and individual events for men and women and the hosts will provide team for every team for only six people.
With regards to entry fee, Mugabi said: “Every country will pay US$1500 entry to the event which will include US$500 annual affiliation for 2022 and confirmation of participation will be deposited with AAPA by midnight on 31 December 2021. AAPA account details are as follows: Nedbank account number 1469110407, branch code 146905, swift code NEDSZAJJ.”