Mansoor ‘Muto’ Bwanika fires shots ahead of Nile Special National Pool Open

Masoor Bwanika is ready to defend his title.

POOL Mansoor ‘Muto’ Bwanika fires shots ahead of Nile Special National Pool Open

Fred Mwambu 16:22 - 07.06.2023

Mansoor Bwanika is the defending champion of the Nile Special National Pool open Championship.

Mansoor Bwanika has warned his competitors ahead of the Nile Special National Pool Open that returns this month for the first time since 2018.

Bwanika, just like his pool mates, is over the moon after Nile Special announced a grand return to bankroll the tables.

“I had lost hope believing that this championship will never return, but this has reenergized me,” Bwanika, who won the last men’s edition in 2018, told Pulse Sports.

The Impossible

Muto, as he is commonly known to his peers, is planning to do what his predecessors have failed for almost 20 decades – to defend the open.

No player has won the title twice, but Bwanika, who has bossed the tables since winning it in 2018, feels he holds the magic cue.

“I am very prepared to make sure that I defend my title,” he is convinced despite the short period remaining for preparations.

“We have a short period remaining but I believe it is enough for me to prepare efficiently. I need to step up my training, and I’m telling my fans to wait for a copy of the same Mansoor who they saw in 2018,” he adds.

Blistering form

Since winning in 2018, Bwanika has gone on to be named the Pool Association of Uganda's most valuable player in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

He won the Kampala Open in 2019, was named Uganda Sports Press Association Pool Player of 2021 and won the inaugural Jinja Open last year.

But with all that under his belt, Bwanika has more work to do.

The 25-year-old started the year as seed five behind Ibrahim Kayanja, Kenneth Odong, Glorius Ssenyondo and Ibrahim Sejjemba.

He also lost his Grand Open title to Joseph Kasozi.

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