Well, we are not really sure to be honest. What we do know is this, he was entered as Xolani Mkhwanazi, but his RSA ID name is Bongani Wiseman Nxumalo commonly known as Stanger. While I had many complaints that this guy is one of the most well-known hustlers in the country, when we wanted to investigate the player as was broadcasted to all the captains prior to the start of the tournament, we were told… actually, you wouldn’t want to know what we were told from a selected few, sheesh, no good deed goes unpunished! Apparently the rules we set don’t matter..
Let’s set the record straight, the tournaments we run and promote are done so according to our terms and conditions, as simple as that, should you not be happy to enter due to them, you then have the right to decline entering.. Should we want to investigate a matter, we will do so at our discretion to protect both the sponsor and players, as simple as that. As always, all the tournaments we run are guaranteed, and all the money has been paid!
The tournament as a whole was a success. The team event took place on the Saturday with teams buzzing and full of excitement with some even kitted out in some very creative uniforms. The format was something new and exciting and the feedback from all of the players was only positive. The strategy and talk around the order of play throughout day was both amusing and interesting to hear. In the end, it was 2 teams from the same group in the round-robin stages that reached the final in the end. Raja Rani who had lost to Ballbreakers 2 in the round-robin came out all guns blazing in the final with a 7-0 lead and never let go until they reached the 13 frame mark.
Winners of R10,000 – Raja Rani: Ishmael Mathethwa (Captain), Mzamo Ntlaringe (Open), Florence Gumbi (Lady), Xolani Mkhwanazi & Leeroy Maarkgraaf (Social Players).
Runners-up winning R5,000 – Ballbreakers 2: Shane Pillay (Captain), Mervin Akaloo (Open), Nicole Moosmuller (Lady), Reagan Munsamy & Nadeem Khan (Social Players).
The singles event was crazy. If you add up all the national, continental and world champions that took part, there are over 40 titles in the mix. Take Yulan, Nicola, Nash and that’s over 12 titles already, add in a couple World Champions like Apsra Panchoo, Alan Broude, Wetsi Morake and Sandile Madlala plus the Hallidays, the list just keeps going. 2 times 8Ball SA Champion Mzamo with his close friend, Ishmael Mthethwa, the current All African Champion.. Ok, that’s enough, it was plagued with Champions.. but the one Champion who stood out on the day, was the current South African U18, U23 and Mens Champion, Aden Joseph. On route to the final he took out Farhaad Mohamed, Poorplayer, Vishen Jagdev, Kyle Akaloo and then literally slaughtered Charl Jonck and Yulan Govender in succession. But the one player he didn’t manage to beat was the social player, Xolani Mkhwanazi. Aden started with 2 finishes in a row with Xolani getting his first shot in the 3rd frame played as if he’s playing for decades, but team mate Ishmael says this was only his 2nd tournament and seldom ever plays. For someone who hardly every plays, I believe that Xolani may just be the most talented individual I have ever seen in 20 years of playing, not only did he not feel any pressure, his composure was unmatched by any player ever.
In the ladies category, it was the legend Nishami “Nash” Rajcoomar who came out trumps, leaving the likes of Nicola Rossouw and Amy King back in the earlier rounds. Her countless titles were also no match for the social Xolani who took her out in the semis, 6-4.
A big thanks to Jayson and Shantal Yeriah, owners of Timeout Sports Bar, plus their staff for an incredible weekend of the 16,17 & 18th of October. The club is certainly setting the bar high!
We look forward to the next big one in 2016!