NEWLY established city bar, The Legacy, is set to play host to a two-day teams invitational pool tournament meant to remember the late Peter Dziko- a renowned master of the billiards.
The contest will be played on Saturday and Sunday.
The late Dziko, one the Bulawayo’s pool icons, was influential in nurturing young pool players and in the formation of the Bulawayo Pool Association (BPA).
He died at the age of 45 at United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH). The former Exchange Bar player was buried on 23 November last year at Katambarare village in Honde Valley, Mutare.
“It was a great loss to the Bulawayo pool family. We were robbed of a great player, mentor and administrator. He was a humble man who nurtured a number of young pool players in the city. As a family we wish to let his legacy grow hence the holding of the two-day pool tournament,” said Osborne-well to Dziko one of the late Peter’s sons.
Osborne-well also mentioned that 16 teams that include Exchange, Kings, The Legacy Patrons, BPA Executive, Raylton, Ntabazinduna, Donnington, Masters, Ace Lounge, ZRP Central and ZRP Central among others would compete for the ultimate prize.
“He (Peter Dziko) owned a lot of pool tables in the city after venturing into the business in the late 1990s. He was a fine and modest businessman. It was a big loss to the pool fraternity in general, he was a brother, an advisor and a friend. We learnt a lot from him, he was a unifier. We worked together in the same BPA executive when he was committee member in the disciplinary committee then chaired by Cloudy Fombe and I was chairman of the referees’ committee. I hope the two-day tournament will help us remember his good deeds,” said BPA’s vice chairman Donald Wadawu.
At the time of his death, the pool hero, was running the now closed Palace Beer Garden in Bulawayo.
The late Dziko was born in Honde Valley on 11 April 1971 and he left behind six children.
Meanwhile, Priscilla Chisoro did Bulawayo proud at the annual Carling Black Label National Pool Championships when she beat all and sundry to come out as position one in the women’s category.
The competitions were held at Mutare’s Motoring Club last Saturday.
“It feels great, I am elated, I am beyond joy. I had a good feeling, I have been training hard. I felt I needed it and I deserved it. I belong to Masters Pool Club in Bulawayo, it has nurtured me,” the 31-year-old mother of one daughter who is also an accountant by profession.
Plans with the $1 000 prize money
“I am buying a pool table with my money to add onto my existing pool business Black Ball Emporium. I have been playing pool professionally since 2014 but I started learning how to play it in 2007.”
On Wadawu’s support
“He was behind me the whole way, and I really appreciate all the support he gives to us in Bulawayo, he is really behind us he is got our back and he gives us as much assistance as he can, he is a great administrator and he is an icon in pool.”