COMPETITIVE pool player Devesh Singh will represent South Africa at the European Blackball Association's Nations Cup of Pool in Cyprus in November.
Durban - DURBAN’S Devesh Singh will fly the South African flag when he represents the country on the world stage at the European Blackball Association Nations Cup in Cyprus in November.

Singh, 22, will participate in the Under 23 section of the competition.

The Cowies Hill resident qualified for the tournament by placing in the top 10 at the KwaZulu-Natal trial event. He placed fifth.

“Every blackball club sends a team to the trials. There were about 70 people who participated in the KZN play-offs,” he said.

Singh, who plays pool at the Crazy 8 Sports Bar in Malvern, said the next step to the Cyprus event was the South African Championships.

“There, I had to play every competitor - it was a marathon.

“KZN got bronze at the SA Championships and it was enough to make it on to the podium,” said Singh.

He was 6 years old when his father introduced him to the game. “I stopped playing pool when I was 14, after my father’s death,” he said.

Four years later he started playing pool socially at a bar in Malvern. He was drawn into the competitive ranks when he joined the local pool league.

Singh will graduate from Varsity College with a commerce degree in strategic management next month.

“I do believe my father would have been proud.”

Sunday Tribune