A new snooker association has vowed to take the game to greater heights in Masvingo province, taking advantage of the rapidly growing interest in the game.
The Masvingo Pool Tournaments Association (MAPTA) says there is vast potential to grow the game to international competitive levels.
MAPTA secretary general Martin Makweza, who is also a member of the Southern African Universities Sports Association (SAUSA), said the organisation aimed to identify and nurture talent among all those interested in becoming competitive players.
“MAPTA seeks to identify and nurture talent among the province’s young and old pool athletes through creation of recreational and competitive tournaments and leagues in Masvingo. We will organise pool tournaments the last weekend of each month.
“We want to take Masvingo pool to another level as we seek to be a leading pool association in the country and beyond by the year 2030. We intend to reach a point at which we will be able to invite schools and colleges to participate in our tournaments,” said Makweza.
Makweza also said they were in the process of introducing a female category of the tournaments they are currently running.
“On our first and second editions, we had no female participants. We now want to have a female category in our third edition going forward. We encourage those who want to participate in our tournaments to register within the stipulated time for them to be eligible to participate,” he added.
The association is currently run by four executive members namely Solomon Feya (chairperson), Makweza, Kudakwashe Mudekunye (administrator) and Mr Pasi (treasurer).
Top 10 winners in the pool tournaments walk away with trophies and prizes in form of cash.
“We call upon all those interested in sponsoring this initiative to come forward with their assistance. We want this to be a unique and rewarding sporting initiative,” said Makweza.