THE road to the Carling Black Label National Pool Tournament opens on 19 October with games played across the country where more than 1 500 people are expected to participate.
The playing dates of the regional contests were released last week amid revelations that eight out of 24 regions were set to have their games played in a fortnight.
The regions that are set to have the ball rolling are Chipinge, Chiredzi, Chitungwiza, Marondera, Mutoko, Karoi, Kwekwe and Masvingo.
Pool players in Hwange, Victoria Falls, Harare 1, Harare 2, Chinhoyi, Mutare, Chegutu and Rusape will play their regional matches on 2 November.
Five days later, Kadoma, Gweru, Murehwa, Zvishavane, Gwanda, Beitbridge, Bindura and Bulawayo will have their respective competitions.
Carling Black Label as a brand has sponsored the national pool tournaments for over 10 years now, something Delta Beverages said is driven by efforts to develop and reward the spirit of championship among their consumers. The brand has further increased its footprint in pool by sponsoring the Zimbabwe Tertiary Institutions Sports Union pool in the past year.
In 2018, Tendai Mubaiwa of Harare was the men’s winner of the Carling Black National Pool Championship following his triumph over Lewis Munyama also from the capital city at Raylton Sports Club in Bulawayo.
Nicknamed “Inspector”, it was the second CBL National Pool Championship triumph for Mubaiwa in recent years after he was the best male player at the same competition in 2015.
Mubaiwa walked away with $1 000, Munyama pocketed $700 while third-placed Obedience Lewis got a $600 reward.
In the women’s category Charity Ncube of Kadoma was the champion, with victory over Flatta Moyo of Gwanda.
Ncube, female winner in 2016, smiled all the way to Kadoma with $1 000, Moyo picked up $700 while $600 was given to Nerzis Million of Chitungwiza who finished third. Mubaiwa and Ncube also won branded pool tables.