Amateur Snooker - 2016 ABSF African Snooker Championship
1st-8th August 2016 / Pyramisa Sharm-El-Sheikh Resort, Egypt
FRANCISCO IS CONTINENTAL CHAMPION AGAIN
Former Top 16 professional Peter Francisco is the 2016 African Snooker Champion.
62 players from 6 different countries started the African Billiards and Snooker Federation (ABSF) event, which was held in the Egyptian holiday resort of Sharm-El-Sheikh.
South African Francisco was dominant pretty much throughout.
He started his campaign by qualifying top of his Round Robin Group with 3 wins out of 3 - dropping just one frame in the process. He then made his way through the Knock-Outs from the Last 32 onwards - culminating in a 5-4 semi-final victory after being 3-0 down.
In the Final he would meet fellow ex-main tour player Wael Talaat (Egypt). This meeting was particularly interesting, as it brought together the two most successful players in this tournament's history. Wael was the winner in 2007, 2009 and 2011; Peter claimed it in 2012 and 2013.
However, it was 54 year old Francisco who would also make it a hat-trick of African Championships with a comfortable 6-1 win; finishing off with an 84 break.
His success guarantees him a place at the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland. I believe he is also in line to be nominated as Africa's representative for the World Snooker Professional Tour during this season and next, although he has declined this invitation before, and is likely to do so again I would think.
This event was part of the 'African Cuesports Championships'. Ameur Riad (Morocco) won the African 9 Ball Pool Championship and Basem Abdullah Eltahhan (Egypt) became the African 6 Reds Snooker Champion. Eltahhan, along with runner-up Hesham Shawky (Egypt), now also qualify for the SangSom World 6 Reds Snooker Championship in Thailand next month.
To find out more about the event, please visit the Africa Billiards and Snooker Federation Facebook page here.
Picture above was taken by Munier Cassim
Written and published by Michael Day on the 10th August 2016