L-R Raji Abdulbakir, Referee Ayuba Gift, Nosa Lawani

After day one matches Raji Abdulbakir alias Feras is leading the group A in the Joy Heyball Masters Div One Tour Nigeria Qualifiers organized by the Snooker and Pool Players Alliance which commenced on Tuesday at the Nicon Town Recreation Center.

Leading with 2points, Abuja based Raji Abdulbakir takes an advantage into day two to ward off any push that will coming from other three opponents in his group.

Despite coming late for his first game that made the SPPA technical Committee to initially issue a Workover against him to his opponent Nosa Lawani’ advantage, the decision was later rescinded after Abdulbakir’s appeal was presented and reviewed by the technical committee because of the merit of his explanation.

In the first match, Raji Abdulbakir beat Nosa 5 – 3 In a race 5 keenly contested game match which ended after 8 games. Nosa recorded a technical victory in the 7th games when Raji Abdulbakir simultaneously potted his cue ball along with the Black 8 Ball.

Abdulbakir exhibited his proficiency and Skill despite the spirited challenge by Nosa Lawani.

In the second match of the day ,Charles Chijide was no match for Shehu Bamidele in a game that ended 5 -1 with Shehu achieving 7 ball crushing defeat in his fifth game.

The match ended after 6 games. The match of the day was between Raji Abubakir and Charles Chijide that ended (5 – 2) that ended after 7 games in the race to 5 Rack event.

Despite the high level of skill exhibited by the players they trouble in achieving Break and Run which is a requirement if any of them finally wins the Nigeria Qualifier and faced with the task of facing other participants coming from different countries to participate in the 2023 Joy Heyball Master Div One Tour #2 holding in Lanzhou City, China from June 23 – July 3, 2023.

Matches in Group B will commence from Thursday, 8th June 2023 as the winner of group A and B will finally face off in the Finals holding on Saturday.

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2023 Joy Heyball Masters’ Division One Tour #2
Nigeria Qualifiers.
Group A
6th – 7th June 2023
Rd1 (Format: Round Robin, 1st to 5 Racks)

  1. Raji Abdulbakir
  2. Nosa Lawani
  3. Shehu Bamidele
  4. Charles Chijide

Group B
8th – 9th June 2023
Rd1 (Format: Round Robin, 1st to 5 Racks)

  1. Wale Osomo
  2. Sunday Ekundayo
  3. Abiodun Christopher
  4. Adebayo Adekunle

2023 Joy Heyball Masters’ Division One Tour #2
Nigeria Qualifiers.
Group A Schedule
1st to 5 Racks
6th June 2023
Nosa Lawani vs Raji Abdulbakir 0 – 1 ( 3 – 5 )
Shehu Bamidele vs Charles Chijide – 0 – 1 ( 1 – 5 )
Charles Chijide vs Raji Abdulbakir – 0 – 1 ( 2 – 5 )

7th June 2023
Shehu Bamidele vs Raji Abdulbakir – 10.00am – 1pm
Charles Chijide vs Nosa Lawani – 2.00pm – 5pm
Shehu Bamidele vs Nosa Lawani – 6.00pm – 9.00 pm


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