The 10th Edition in the Scott Igbene Pool Tournament Series was organized at Folixx Sports Lounge, Lekki in commemoration of the opening of the facility to the public.
The event which featured competitions offered a total prize fund of N150,000 comprising N100,000 and N50,000 in the men and women category respectively. 16 male and 7 female players participated in the event.
Waliu Nojeem beat Shewu 3 -1 in a best of 7 frame match to win the male category. In getting to the finals, Waliu beat Scott Igbene, current no 1 ranked player in the semi finals and Nonso in the quarter finals.
In the female category Naomi Samuel worked away with the winners prize money after beating Ola 3-2 in a keenly contested match.
Speaking with ASENTV.TV, Scott Igbene, president of the Cue Sports Association said
” We have continued to witness tremendous growth and appetite for the sport but the main challenge is in the area of sponsorship without which the association and sport can not make the right impact”
Responding to issue bothering on the quality of players, he said
“Nigeria has great potentials and talents but right now we are playing ‘catch up’ with the world. What we need mostly is funding to organize better tournament in line with international best practice and international exposure for the players which can only be achieved through the right level of support from potential sponsors. Therefore, I use this opportunity to invite corporate organizations to support pool not only as CSR but for the marketing and branding opportunities it offers”
Ranked No 1 female pool player by the Cue Sport Asso., Naomi Samuel responding to a question from asentv.tv:
” we live in a town where people see girls do some kind of things and they immediately jump to conclusion, wrong conclusion. I have some female friends who saw me on Supersports playing and they actually came to meet me asking; can you teach me, I want to learn? I have 3 girls I am teaching right now. I teach the basics and then pass them to people who can teach them better”
speaking on the impact of women inn the sport, she said
“Nowadays more women are interested in what guys do, we just need to broaden our orizon and let women in.”
At the end of the event, first runnerup and finalist Ola had this to say about the event and Naomi Samuel.
” We are playing snooker and I am enjoying every bit of it. She was more of a challenge and one of my fears. She still won me anyway and I am ready to come back against her next time”.