At about 2:41am on Sunday morning, Ritah Nimusiima and Mansoor Bwanika had their names encrypted in the history books as winners of the 2018 Nile Special National Open Pool Championship.
As Bwanika sunk his final black ball to emerge champion in the male’s category, Nimusiima too on the other end was doing the same to be crowned the winner in the ladies category.
Coincidentally, the aforementioned two players feature for CKI in the Betway Pool League.
Bwanika defied odds to become champion in the men’s category edging past teammate Simon Lubuurwa who was seed number five in a thrilling final played at the MTN Arena.
The CKI player who qualified from Ntungamo District(Club Trendies) was in scintillating form right from on set in the round of 64 all the way to the final.
In the final, Bwanika sunk three black balls in a row to take an early lead that eventually built his confidence and never looked back. He eventually went ahead to win the coveted title with 9-3 frames.
Enroute to winning, Bwanika eliminated Ambrose Kahindi(round of 64), Abdul Ssekito(round of 32) and Alfred ‘Black Sheep’ Gumikiriza at the round of 16.
He edged past Ivan Opwanye in the quarterfinals before ejecting one of the favorites Hazard Lukomwa in the semifinals.
Bwanika drove away in a brand new Toyota Alteza plus a cash prize of one million shillings on top of the title. He replaces Fahad Ssewankambo who won it last year but was stopped by Humphrey Nsubuga in the quarterfinals.
For the first time, the ladies also tussled it out in their own category and seed number one Ritah Nimusiima became the first winner.
Nimusiima needed to stage a comeback against teenager Rashida Muteesi who had a fairytale run to to the final.
Despite trailing 1-4 at one point, Nimusiima won seven frames in a row to emerge the champion and drive away in a Toyota Raum. She also got a cash prize of one million shillings.
Vicky Namuyanja edged Jacinta Kajubi 7-4 in the third place playoff. Third position came with three million shillings and a new pool table.