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Masvingo falters in Carling Black Label pool national finals

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Masvingo falters in Carling Black Label pool national finals


Simbarashe Mtembo

MASVINGO-Pool players in Masvingo failed to lift the Carling Black Label pool national championships held in their backyard at Flamboyant, A Regency Group Hotel on Saturday.
The tournament men’s category was won by Lindani Gumpo (38) from Bulawayo while Patricia Ganya (53) from Chitungwiza dominated the women’s category. They went home US$1 500 richer and also received pool tables.
Masvingo’s best male player Given Judge Mutamba walked away with US$250 after coming fourth. He lost to eventual champion Gumpo 5-0 in the semifinal.
Gumbo went on to dismiss Vincent Mupfudza in the final match. Francisco Lunga beat Mutamba in the playoffs to come out as the third-best player.
Ganya dismissed Alice Chihota in the women’s final to clinch the prize. Mercy Musekiwa and Jamila Monday came third and fourth respectively.
Runner-ups received US$1 000 prize money, first runner-ups US$500 and third runner-ups US$250 in both categories.
The tournament attracted 128 players, 64 men and 64 women who dominated their provinces. Top Delta Beverages executives attended the tournament.
Ganya who has been playing pool for over 30 years described her prize as a befitting retirement package. She is a certified pool umpire and served as an administrator in Chitungwiza.
“I am happy since I was about to retire from the sport. I have something to show for my efforts. My target was to win the tournament and take the pool table with me home. My father was a golf player and I loved sport from a young age. I have always been paying my children’s school fees by playing pool. I am not a gambler. I urge women to use their hands and brains to have income instead of sex work which poses health threats to them,” she said.
Gumpo said he is proud to have won the tournament and said he once won 10 000 pula after coming third in a tournament in Botswana in 2015.
“I am happy to be this year’s edition winner. I was confident and faced good players today. This is my first qualifying for the finals of this event,” he said.
Delta Corporation General Manager Cooperate Affairs Patricia Murambinda said Carling Black Label has been sponsoring the tournament for more than 10 years in a statement.
“Carling Black Label has been sponsoring pool for more than 10 years and we continue to reward champions at play. Sports continue to play a role in building communities and resonate well with the brand’s manifesto to inspire and rally individuals into being better versions of themselves whenever possible…,” reads part of the statement.
Delta Corporation sponsors several sports, arts and culture festivals through its brands including Chibuku Road to Fame, Chibuku NeShamwari, and the Castle Lager Premier League and Carling Black Label pool tournament among others.

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