Monday, June 17, 2013

Pilsner Pool maestro leads Kenya in World Championships

EABL Official Evans Mwai alongside Kenya Professional Pool Players Association Chairman Ashok Shah presents a dummy air ticket to Martin Mwangi in the concluded Pilsner Pool finals.
The Pilsner League of Kings Pool Challenge winner, Martin Mwangi will lead Kenya’s hunt for gold at the World-Eight ball Pool Championship to be held in Blackpool, England.

The 25 year old Nakuru born businessman leaves Kenya, June 21st 2013 for the Blackpool competition that kicks off on June 23rd to July 3rd at the 4 star Imperial Hotel.

Coming off weeks after his win in the Pilsner League of Kings Pool Challenge, Mwangi will be joining five other national team members representing Kenya in the tournament.

The five include 2013 Pilsner League of Kings Pool Tournament semi-finalist Rahim Haji and Farouk Khan both from Mombasa, Shakeel Baradhia from Nairobi and siblings Steve Mann and Declan Mann who have already pitched tent in UK.

Pilsner Brand Manager Francis Mworia said all logistics were in order and the onus to perform and represent the country well was on Mwangi.

“The World Eight-ball Championship has great and experienced champions from at least 11 countries and that opportunity is the hallmark of the Pilsner experience,” said Mworia.

Mwangi who has since shifted his training base from Nakuru’s Kileleshwa to Nairobi’s Rangers Pool Club says he has used the four weeks to work on his weak points of the game and is not fazed by the massive event ahead.

“I have played pool across the country and it’s easy to say the talent available needs a platform like the World Championships to shine. I am well prepared and going for nothing shot of the prize bracket,” said Mwangi.

He emerged national winner from a pool of 40,000 participants across 840 venues in 6 national regions including shooting aside a star studded lineup of experienced Kenyan internationals will represent Kenya as an individual and national team member.

The two week World Championship trip completes the grand prize reward for the ultimate winner of the Pilsner League of Kings Pool Challenge. Together with the Kshs 250,000 cash prize, Pilsner will facilitate for his travelling costs, accommodation, out of pocket allowance all amounting to Kshs. 1 million approximately.

The World Eight ball Pool Championship 2013, is one of the three most coveted pool tournaments in the world, and hosts the best in the world of pool. With a prize money of 18,000 pounds (Kshs 2.3million).

The World Eight-ball Pool Championship 2013 has grown in stature due to its past success attracting key strategic partners including the popular leading sports channel SKY Sports for live broadcasting during the finals.

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