DEFENDING champion Raju Kanabar fired warning to other contenders of this year's Cargo Stars Dar Open Snooker tournament, after winning his first match in style at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club on Tuesday evening.
The experienced player Kanabar maintained his last tournament fine form to book his place in the second round of the tournament, after he ousted Hitesh Valambia by straight-forward 2-0 victory in the all DGC tie.
Kanabar, winner of 2010 edition and one of the tournament favourite started the game strongly and was unstoppable throughout. The gifted player proved to be too strong against his opponent, which only suggests that it is going to be difficult to dethrone him. He was not ready to waste any time as he finished the game within 47 minutes.
On his way to win the first round match Kanabar fired 30-9 points and 64-16 in the second frame that look so comfortable for him. "I am the champion, what I try to do is to make sure I use all my ability to retain the trophy," he said.
He bragged: "I'm not afraid of any one, I'm the champion, played many tournaments and always at the final. My opponents must be afraid of me." The DGC captain Firoz Yusufali said Ashok Lavingia of DGC and Murtaza Salehbhai of Annadil Burhani have been disqualified from the tournament after they all failed to turn up to their respective Tuesday evening scheduled matches.
The match that pits Upanga Club Captain Nitini Somani against Mudar Patel that was due to be played yesterday was also pushed back to next Tuesday. According to Yusufali four other first round matches will be kicking off today evening.
Today's match will square up DGC's Siten Borkhataria and Ramesh Lathigra, while Annadil Burhani's Abdulkadir Dossajee confronts hosts Akil Akberali, Shailesh Kotech of Upanga has a date with Taher Jivajee from Annadil Burhani, while Kishore Ramanuj will host Annadil Burhani's Kuzema Murtaza.