THE Minister for Informa- tion, Youth, Culture and Sports, Fenella Mukangara, will be the guest of honour while the Cargsostars Dar Open Snooker 2013 tournament reach its climax at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) today.
Snooker captain Firoz Yusufali confirmed to the 'Daily News on Saturday' yesterday that the minister will grace the final of the three-week long tournament. "We are extremely happy that minister Mukangara has accepted our call and will be with us tomorrow (today) to witness the final," he said, adding that all necessary preparations are complete.
However, Yusufali said that minister will first watch the final before presenting trophies and other prizes to the winners. Meanwhile, defending champion Raju Kanabar on Thursday night failed to ful- fill his dreams to enter the fourth straight final after being ousted by Munish Khattar in the all DGC-tie. Inform Khattar saw off Kanabar by a 2-1 frame victory in a tough quarter-final match to shatter his opponent's dream.
Khattar was expected to play against tour- nament favourite youngster Arjun Lavingia on Friday night. Arjun, the 2009 champion, booked his semi-final slot after beating Suril Shah by a straight forward 2-0 victory in quarter final tie.
The winner was in sparkling form; on his way to the victory as he managed to hit the highest break record of 71, only to beat the 42 mark that was set by his club-mate Omar Balsara. He was all along fighting to break that record and in the third round match he only managed 31 straight points.
Another Friday semi-final was set to pit Balsara and veteran Ashok Lavingia a father of youngster Arjun for the place in today's final. Balsara saw off Khuzema Murtaza by straight forwards 2-0 victory in the quarter- final clash on Thursday night, while Ashok beat Akil Ak- berali by 2-1 victory