Peter Francisco wins the Title and Professional Ticket!

Peter Francisco wins the Title and Professional Ticket!

ABSF President, Mohammed Kammah (left) hands over the 2012 All African Singles Trophy to an elated Peter Francisco. After a disappointing 6 Red Championship, Peter showed some of his...

Ibrahim Wins the 2012 6 Red African Champs

Ibrahim Wins the 2012 6 Red African Champs

Egypts Mohamed Ibrahim (left) being handed his 6 Red Singles All African Trophy by African Billiards and Snooker Federation President Mohammed Kammah. Ibrahim has earned himself a ticket to the...

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ibrahim frontpageEgypts Mohamed Ibrahim (left) being handed his 6 Red Singles All African Trophy by African Billiards and Snooker Federation President Mohammed Kammah.

Ibrahim has earned himself a ticket to the World 6 Red Championship in Thailand later this year, where the top 32 professionals will be participating in a healthy prize money tournament.

Egypt started favourite to win the title of this singles event, but it was defending champion, Wael Talaat who was tipped to win it for the fourth time in a row. Wael is a fantastic potter, but it’s his mental strength that helps him win over his opponents. Unfortunately this year was not like the previous few, as a young determined Mohamed Khairy was on a mission to win his first International tournament. Khairy whose approach to the table is both professional and confident was on everyone’s favourite list to lift the trophy. Khairy took out quite a few South Africans including Faariz Khan who had just beaten Peter Francisco a round earlier, SA number 3, Munier Cassiem, and his fellow countryman Talaat in a nail biting semis.

On the other half, a quiet unassuming Mohamed Ibrahim had a couple close calls, and also took out some of SA’s best, including Ricky Tregonning, Mutalieb Allie, a 7-6 quarter final win over Kiashan Moodley, and then a 7-5 semi-final win over Pierre Jordaan who had the best break of the 6 Red tourney with a 72 (just 3 points short of a 6 Red maximum).

The final was not as exciting as the previous rounds as both players showed some nerves realising that they both were up for a first time African singles title. Ibrahim took the early lead and kept his distance, although he did give Khairy a few opportunities, but he never capitalized when needed, and Ibrahim waited his turn to take advantage. In the end, a deflated Khairy was beaten 8-4 by the new 2012 All African 6 Red Champion, Mohamed Ibrahim.

Talaat was determined to still win a medal and his defeat of Pierre Jordaan was a convincing one with 5-2 score line in the end.

The normal (15 Red) All African qualifiers starts tonight and this tournament has shown that once again Egypt will be hard to beat. The 3 winners in this event will no doubt be on the top of everyone’s list to win this title too.

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