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LESSONS FROM ADEN

Written by Agenda Gumbi (Muzi Fuze). Posted in NATIONAL BLACKBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

What does it take really to win the National Mens Singles Title? I don’t think that Aden is the most talented player there is out there, neither is he the fanciest, well that is strictly reserved for you know who, Aden won not one, not two but all three titles that were on offer. Is it his snooker background that gives him the edge, could it be the support that his family gives him, could it be the time that he puts on the table, perhaps his approach, his demeanour, and maybe his attitude, could he be the luckiest player alive? I think it is a combination of all the above factors, and Aden manages to mix all of them well. Aden is living proof that one has to be as natural as possible but also disciplined and determined. He doesn’t seems to care much about technique, he doesn’t seem to get himself overly worried about what would happen if he misses, he believes so much in his ability to pot that it’s become a reality. Well of course every athlete needs that little bit of luck but I think Aden has a bit more than just a little luck, he is abundantly blessed. Nobody could have stopped him there, he wasn’t the most experienced, maybe he shouldn’t have even made it past Junaine but perhaps an invisible force had a hand, if that's the case then the prophecy was fulfilled and thy God is a great one. A lot of players want what Aden just achieved, that SA singles title has eluded many pool players for decades, if we could vote, many people would rather have had Paul Bennett win it, they say that Aden still has a good 23 years to attempt to win the Mens title, do you think he will surpass Yulan’s record and win it more than 5 times? As for Paul, I don’t know why Arsenal football club comes to mind every time I think about him, he is the best player to never win the SAs yet, he plays arguably the best pool. As soon as I figure out the missing piece of the puzzle, you will be the first to know.

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