Mwangi to represent Kenya in World pool tourney

By elvince joshua
May 07, 2021

Martin Mwangi will represent Kenya in the World pool Challenge in blackpool United Kingdom after he won the three month long Pilsner League of Kings Pool Challenge champion in a grand finale held at the Klubhouse Entertainment Complex over the weekend.

The 25 year old Nakuru-born businessman took home Kshs. 250,000 and a chance to represent the country at the World Eight-ball Pool Championship to be held on June 23.

In an adrenaline-packed 16-man grand finale, Mwangi, qualifying from the Western Region beat Dennis Kimani from the Mountain Region 6-4 in a best of 11 to give the 3-month tournament a befitting final.

Mwangi’s win was somewhat considered a tilt of the pool establishment, with Nairobi region hugely expected to walk with the honors, with its national team-laden players filling the last 16 spot.

In the last four, he had dispatched the crowd favourite and national pool champion Collins Tuwei 4-0 and walked past another Nairobi favourite Kingsley Nyangwacha 5-2 in the last eight stage.

He had to fend off a marauding Rahim Haji from Coast in the last 16 knockouts earlier in the day, coming from behind to secure a 4-3 win.

The last sixteen had included five seasoned national team players John Chalo; Collins Tuwei, Salim Kithinji, Daniel Pasio and Rahim Haji while others included John Wanyiri, Simon Munyi, Steve Omare, Bernard Njoroge, Loius Khaemba, Dennis Kimani, Abdi Salam, James Kithinji, Kingsley Nyangwacha, James Nderitu and ultimate champion Martin Mwangi.

Kenya Pool Players Association Ashok Shah lauded the tournament as an appropriate platform to transform fortunes of Kenyan pool players but said more corporate support would be welcome to spur the game to greater heights.

The tournament was played in 840 venues in 6 regions Central (covering Kiambu, Nairobi and lower Eastern), Western (Nyanza, Western and Rift Valley), Mountain (Central and Upper Eastern), Coast and AFCO pitting armed forces barracks.