We want to develop Snooker Billiards – Wole Robinson

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Participants at the 1st femi Robinson Snooker Open Classics

Snooker’s future as a sports in Nigeria is looking bright as stakeholder, promoter and players embraces the introduction of Open Classics by the Lagos Country Club in collaboration with leading partners for it ‘s development in Nigeria.

Speaking about his impression about Africa’s absence from the recently concluded Betfred World Snooker Championship, Chairman Lagos Country Club Billiards and Snooker Section, Wole Robinson spoke with Cuesports

“it is disheartening and sad that we don’t have any representative from Africa and Nigeria in particular to be part of such tournament, like the captain of the section said; we have not achieved that feat yet and we are all working together to develop the sports in Nigeria”

“I must say that we have great players in the country that can play good snooker and compete in that stage but the platform and the avenue for them to display and showcase their talent is not there”

“Since we hosted the 1st Femi Robinson tournament, the interest in the game of snooker has improved drastically”

Femi Akinlade recounted his experience playing against Nojeem Waliu, a known Pool player in Nigeria who was a fresher in Snooker and won the maiden edition of the Femi Robinson Snooker Open Classic that held at the Lagos Country club in October, 2018

“For every tournament there is always a bit if “gitters”, not to talk much about a finals. At the end of the day it becomes who can hold his nerve better in the finals and i think the pool player did it better and he was able to surmount the odds. I think that is what gave him the edge”

Speaking about the forth coming Snooker Open Classic, he had this message for this opponents and Nojeem,

“He is now a known factor and I believe the edge will not be there and it is about who is a better Player”

The formation of the Snooker and Pool Plaeyers Alliance, a network for Pool and Snooker Players is amongst other efforts at promoting cuesports in Nigeria. The alliance sole purpose is to create a structure for the development of a viable structure for cuesports which will help integrate Nigeria to the global circuit. Cuesports spoke with Idada Joachim, Chief Operation Officer, International professional Games Limited ( a. k. a. IPRO)

“The absence of a robust structure that is built on a transparent and credible ranking system has created a major setback for cue sports. That is what the SPPA is all about. Ranking players and creating a platform that drive sponsorship”

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