Uganda Pool Cranes miss All Africa championship in South Africa due to visa hitch

Rita Nimusiima (L) and Rashidah Mutesi will represent Uganda at the Hawley Cup in South Africa

POOL Uganda Pool Cranes miss All Africa championship in South Africa due to visa hitch

Fred Mwambu 14:18 - 14.10.2023

The Uganda Pool Cranes has suffered a major setback after missing the 2024 All Africa Championship due to failure to secure visas in time.

The Pool Uganda Association said that their late efforts to secure the visas yielded no fruits.

Surprisingly, PAU said that they started the visa application process about a week ago for the tournament that was scheduled for October 11th-15th.

“Unfortunately, the arrival of today's batch of passports with visas didn't include those of our national team. The Cranes shall, therefore, entirely miss the African championships this year,” PAU communicated.

However, they are hopeful of attending the Hawley Cup, which will start on Monday in Johannesburg, South Africa.

PAU said that the State Minister for Sports Peter Ogwang has intervened and hope to find a solution.

“We are looking at the option of how feasible it could be to still go for the Hawley cup early next week when visas come through,” PAU expressed their optimism.

Pool Cranes team that was selected for the AAPA Championships

Ladies - Rukia Naiga, Rasheeda Mutesi, Marion Kisakye, Rita Nimusiima, Zaimatt Nabafu, Rose Namugerwa, Jacenta Kajubi, Sharon Mirembe

Men - Simon Lubulwa, Ian Kazibwe, Mansoor Bwanika, Habib Ssebuguzi, Caesar Chandiga

Ibra Sejjemba, Kenneth Odong, Joseph Kasozi

About Hawley Cup

Blackball International announced in 2019 the intention of holding a new International event called 'The Hawley Cup'.

The event, which has been named in honour of Peter Hawley, whose contribution to the sport of pool was immeasurable, will launch in October.

Hawley was the President of the South African Pool Union (SAPU) and he was the founder member and President of the All Africa Pool Association (AAPA).

He became Vice President of the World Pool Association and an Executive member of the World Confederation of Billiard Sports (WCBS).

Hawley was the founder and pioneer of the sport of blackball pool, the main reason Blackball International awarded the inaugural event to South Africa.

It will be hosted by the All African Pool Association (AAPA).

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