BILLIARD NAMIBIA Namibia set for African champs debut 5 months ago Samuel Post Views: 739 Namibia is set to finally make its pool international bow next week when they line up alongside eight other nations competing for honours at the All Africa Blackball Championship in South Africa. It is a welcome development for the Namibia Pool and Billiard Federation (NPBF), following the non-event of the planned friendly series against Zambia earlier this year, said national body president Cyril van Rooi. Namibia has entered men and women’s ensembles of five players each at the competition, which takes place from 11 October to 15 October. The two teams depart on Monday. “We then had our trials to select a national team. Out of the trials, very talented young players came to the forefront, our future champions. It is definitely a great platform to have, to build this sport to higher heights,”- said Van Rooi. Namibia will face South-Africa, Zambia, Eswatini, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Uganda at the tournament. They will definitely have a heavy schedule while down in Gauteng but I think our team will give a good account of themselves. “Our players will showcase their skills against top African players. They will compete in the team division and in the singles division at this prestigious competition. We then had our trials to select a national team. Out of the trials, very talented young players came to the forefront, our future champions. It is definitely a great platform to have, to build this sport to higher heights. This is a first for Namibia to compete in this competition. This competition will definitely be a tough one for the newcomers, but with that said, they will gain a lot of experience.” – Van Rooi said. This month, the NPBF celebrates a year of being a recognised Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) member, during which time it has expanded from five to 11 clubs. “Since its affiliation with the NSC in October 2022, the federation has grown in numbers. It has representation in five regions so far. We have the Khomas, Erongo, Hardap, Omaheke and Kavango regions registered with us. The aim of the federation is to reach out to all regions of Namibia as per the mandate given to the board by the NSC when it was appointed.” – said Van Rooi. After the Zambia tune-up fell through, the NPBF turned its full focus to the All Africa Blackball Championships, organised by the All Africa Pool Association. “The teams are very busy with their practise and are confident in going out there and doing their best. The spirit among the team members is high and they cannot wait for the time to come to take on this journey. I wish them all the very best on this journey to make Namibia proud,” – said Van Rooi. Source: namibian.com.na About Post Author Samuel I am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. See author's posts SamuelI am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: Namibia, pool, sports Continue Reading Previous National championship glory beckoning for Western Gauteng 8-ball pool teamsNext Uganda Pool Cranes miss All Africa championship in South Africa More Stories BILLIARD ZIMBABWE Sengwe gets China pool invitation 4 days ago Szarlot BILLIARD UGANDA Bob Trubish: Pool chairman hints on strategic focus 3 weeks ago Samuel BILLIARD UGANDA National Pool Open leaves a mark, but what next? 3 months ago Samuel BILLIARD NIGERIA Babu Owino launches pool tournament in Embakasi East 4 months ago Samuel BILLIARD SOUTH AFRICA Fairvale’s teen pool champ competes in tourney 4 months ago Samuel BILLIARD UGANDA Uganda Shines in inaugural Hawley Cup Pool tournament 4 months ago Szarlot BILLIARD UGANDA Uganda Pool Cranes miss All Africa championship in South Africa 4 months ago Iwo Bulski BILLIARD SOUTH AFRICA National championship glory beckoning for Western Gauteng 8-ball pool teams 5 months ago Szarlot BILLIARD NIGERIA Nigeria’s Male-dominated Sports Betting Industry 5 months ago Samuel BILLIARD UGANDA POOL Chandiga, Muteesi lead Pool Cranes team for Africa Championship 6 months ago Iwo Bulski BILLIARD UGANDA Usual suspects as women qualifiers gather momentum 6 months ago Iwo Bulski BILLIARD UGANDA Nile Special Open qualifiers start in eastern Uganda 7 months ago Szarlot Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.