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MBABANE – A return match between the country’s pool players with disabilities, Erol ‘Beyonce’ Kunene and Sinenkhosi Maseko, is underway.

This follows the two’s spectacular challenge match over the weekend at Ludzeludze. Hosted by the Eswatini Cue Sports Association (ECSA) last Sunday, the match attracted scores of pool fanatics at the Ludzeludze Pool Club. A sum of E500 was at stake for the race to seven frames match winner, while the runner-up took home E300. Young Maseko, 12 years of age, did a comeback from 1-4 to win the match 7-5 but seeing that the match had so much hype, a second leg was proposed but ECSA will announce the date. ‘Beyonce’ had started like a house on fire as he shot to a 4-1 lead.


However, Maseko was not intimidated even though it looked like ‘Beyonce’ would finish him off. He bounced back to level matters at 4-4. He got five but ‘Beyonce’ equalised before the winner decided it by winning the last two frames to make it 7-5. “The second leg is billed for Luyengo, closer to ‘Beyonce’s home area at Ntondozi. The playing arena is called Emlandvo, whereby Stairs hosts most of their league matches,” ECSA Secretary Mbongeni ‘Mdlikiza’ Gamedze confirmed. He said the games for players with disabilities were not just being hosted but it was also in line with the World Blackball Federation, which required them in the upcoming World Cup set for Morocco in October this year. “We wish to have more players but this is a start and we’re happy with the success of the match,” Gamedze said. Both players were presented with their cash prizes while the trophy went to Maseko. The second leg will also be played under the same package of cash prizes.

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