ABSF African Snooker Championships

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ABSF African Snooker Championship
Tournament information
CountryTunisia Tunisia
Established1993; 25 years ago (1993)
Organisation(s)African Billiards & Snooker Federation
FormatAmateur event
Recent edition2018
Current champion(s)Egypt Mohamed Ibrahim

The ABSF African Snooker Championship is an annual snooker competition and is the highest ranking and most prestigious amateur event in Africa. The event series is sanctioned by the African Billiards & Snooker Federation having been established back in 1993 the winner of the event often becomes the African nomination for the World Snooker Tour. Throughout the tournaments early history the championship was dominated by South African players however at the turn of the millennium Egyptian players became the dominant force in the championship, winning 9 of 12 championships since the year 2000.

The championship is currently held by Mohamed Ibrahim who defeated Mostafa Dorgham 6–1 in the final of the 2018 championship.

Criticism[edit]

The ABSF African Snooker Championship has been criticised for being perceived as one of the weakest amateur events in world snooker with the tour card winner from the championship often struggling on the World Snooker Tour. Both 2013 runner-up Khaled Belaid Abumdas and 2015 champion Hatem Yassen failed to win a single match in the two years each of them spent on the world tour. 2012 runner-up Mohamed Khairy also struggled only managing to win two matches during his time on the world tour. The strongest criticism has suggested that in its current guise as a developing region that the tournament doesn't warrant a spot on the professional world tour and denies players of a much higher standard in Europe and Asia joining the world tour.

ABSF president Mohammed Kammah has defended the standard African players stating that finance has always been the biggest obstacle for players, as well as immigration issues that most African players face when competing in UK tournaments during the professional season.

Winners[edit]

[1]

Year Venue Winner Runner-up Score
1993 Unknown Mauritius Ismael Teeluck Unknown
1994 Mauritius Port Louis, Mauritius South Africa Bernie Jones South Africa Schalk Mouton 11–10
1995 Unknown South Africa Warren Horsley South Africa Bernie Jones 11–8
1996 Unknown South Africa Hitesh Naran Unknown
1997-1998 Unknown
1999[2] Egypt Cairo, Egypt South Africa Warren Horsley South Africa Munier Cassim 6–5
2000[3] Morocco Casablanca, Morocco Egypt Mohamed El Hamy Egypt Sherif Senna 5–4
2001 Unknown
2002 Egypt Cairo, Egypt Egypt Hesham Abbas Egypt Wael Talaat 5–2
2003-2006 Unknown
2007[4] Morocco Casablanca, Morocco Egypt Wael Talaat Egypt Mohamed Samy Elkhayat 5–4
2008[5] Libya Tripoli, Libya Egypt Mohamed El Hamy Egypt Mohamed Samy Elkhayat 6–2
2009[6] South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa Egypt Wael Talaat Egypt Mohamed Samy Elkhayat 6–0
2010 Egypt Cairo, Egypt Egypt Mohamed Samy Elkhayat Egypt Wael Talaat 6–1
2011[7] Egypt Cairo, Egypt Egypt Wael Talaat Egypt Mohamed El Hamy 6–4
2012[8] South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa South Africa Peter Francisco Egypt Mohamed Khairy 6–2
2013[9] Morocco Marrakech, Morocco South Africa Peter Francisco Libya Khaled Belaid Abumdas 6–2
2014 Unknown
2015[10] Tunisia Tunis, Tunisia Egypt Hatem Yassen Egypt Mohamed Khairy 6–5
2016 Egypt Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt South Africa Peter Francisco Egypt Wael Talaat 6–1
2017 Tunisia Hammamet, Tunisia Egypt Basem Eltahhan Egypt Wael Talaat 6–5
2018[11] Egypt Cairo, Egypt Egypt Mohamed Ibrahim Egypt Mostafa Dorgham 6–1

Stats[edit]

Champions by country[edit]

Country Players Total First title Last title
 Egypt 7 10 2000 2018
 South Africa 4 7 1994 2016
 Mauritius 1 1 1993 1993

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "African Billiards & Snooker Federation". African Billiards & Snooker Federation. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  2. ^ "1999 ALL AFRICA SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP" (PDF). African Billiards & Snooker Federation. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  3. ^ "2000 African Snooker Championship" (PDF). African Billiards & Snooker Federation. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  4. ^ "The African Snooker Championship - Morocco 2007". African Billiards & Snooker Federation. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  5. ^ "The African Snooker Championship - Libya 2008". African Billiards & Snooker Federation. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  6. ^ "The 2009 All Africa Snooker Championship". African Billiards & Snooker Federation. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  7. ^ "The African Snooker Championship 2011". African Billiards & Snooker Federation. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  8. ^ "2012 ALL AFRICA SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA". African Billiards & Snooker Federation. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  9. ^ "The African Snooker Championship - Marrakech 2013". African Billiards & Snooker Federation. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  10. ^ "AMATEUR SNOOKER - 2015 African Snooker Championships". thecueview.com. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  11. ^ Snooker Scene, June 2018, page 39