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THANDISWA, BALIWE BEAT CAPTAIN TO AAPA RANKING

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MBABANE – She is domestically ranked number one but not in the AAPA top 20 rankings.

Eswatini’s number-one-ranked ladies senior national team Captain Ncobile Dlamini has been beaten by her teammates in the All Africa Pool Association (AAPA) Blackball Championships rankings as released on Tuesday. Dlamini captained the ladies squad in the recent AAPA Blackball Championships held in Zambia from March 4-6. While the ladies squad coach, Sithembiso ‘Dodge’ Matsebula, who also serves as assistant coach and player in the men’s squad was ranked ninth in the men’s division along with Brian Raynor who was 10th, two ladies made it to the top 20 rankings and these are army team Garrison Pool Club’s Thandiswa Dlamini and Baliwe Mnyakeni. The former is 13th while Mnyakeni is 14th.

Three more squad members made it just outside of the top 20 in positions 21, 22 and 23, respectively. These are Nikita Littler who is current number two domestically and plies her trade with Fun Town, under the Hhohho Regional Pool Association (HRPA), Angel Mabaso and Phocweni Pool Club’s Nandipha Mkhwanazi. “Ncobile didn’t play well in Zambia compared to the ranked ladies, but overall the team wasn’t bad, given it was their first international experience. We’re hopeful to do better in the upcoming World Blackball Championships in Morocco and get a better ranking while also breaking into the world rankings,” Eswatini Cue Sports Association (ECSA) President Muntu Dlamini said. He said it was a positive start for the country to get top 10 and top 15 rankings in Africa, adding it gave hope for a brighter future.

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