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Pakistan’s Hamza Akbar wins Asian Snooker Championship


KUALA LUMPUR: Pakistan’s Hamza Akbar claimed the title of Asian Snooker Champion after beating Indian cueist Pankaj Advani.


Hamza, 22, had a close fight with two times Asian champion from India, but in the end Pakistani player won the game by 7-6.

Best of thirteen match went on for seven long hours, in the last game score was 6-6, at the last set Pankaj took lead 52-33, but Hamza came back strongly when only 1 red ball was left on the table, young cueist smartly clear the table to beat his opponent.

Game score between Hamza first and Pankaj second, (66-43, 43-55, 79-18, 70-2, 28-72, 63-59, 64-57, 79-21, 0-116, 5-78, 8-89, 63-28, 61-52).

Earlier in the tourmanet, Asian champion beat fellow countryman Shahram Changezi in the quater-final, to secure the place in the semi-final, Hamza drowned Malaysian player Mohammad Raza in the semi-final.


17 years Muhammad Yousaf won the title , Hazma made the count double after winning the title for Pakistan. He has earned the prize money of 7 thousand dollars.



At prize giving ceremony, Hamza Akbar said, ” Pankaj is one of the best players in Asia and I managed to beat him here. I, however made things difficult. I led 4-2 and 5-3 but allowed Pankaj into the match.

“My ambition is to become a world champion. If my sponsor agrees, I will use the professional card for the UK tour this year”.



Photo of Hamza Akbar:

Hamza Akbar


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