Meet Pool Cranes Star Joseph ‘Sharp Shooter’ Kasozi With 11 years representing Uganda National team and still counting.
Sports256 media senior writer Henry Musabe had a question and answer session with Joseph Kasozi one of the best pool players the country has ever had.
Kasozi 29, Knick named Sharp shooter has been on top of his game for more than a decade and he is currently the most loved pool player country wide.
Enjoy the Questions and answers session;
Why the name Sharp Shooter?
The fans used to call me target master Uganda because of how I used to play but i decided to modify it to Sharp shooter.
Who or what inspired you to play the pool game?
May be God, but no body, I started trying the game in my uncle’s restaurant back then which had a pool table.
What are some of your targets in the game?
Playing at the world championship and raise the Ugandan flag higher so that the world knows the game is hugely played in Uganda.
Who is your a). Best teammate(s)?
Fahad Sewankambo (previously)
Ibra Ssejemba (Currently)
Uthman Bukenya Ssalongo
How does it feel when you are drawn against team-mate & currently the most feared Uganda pool player Ssejemba?
There is no special feeling, it is always the same because have been there for some time.
What is your biggest moment in the game?
The great show we put up when we represented Uganda in South Africa.
Which is your low moment in the game?
Loosing in the 2018 quarter finals at Lugogo against Simon Lubulwa when I believed it was my time to win the car.
In your opinion who is the Pool Greatest player of all time(GOAT)?
Aaah..! The greatest.! That has to be me because am a legend and still on top.
What strategy have you used to get fans and why do you think you have the most number of fans in the game?
The fans have loved my performance and consistence for the years have played.
Some of your last word(s)?
Am greatful to the fans it feels special being the most loved player country wide. They should continue supporting us until I make it to the world championship and i urge the government to invest more in the game.
Joseph Kasozi is seed 3 behind number one Ibra Ssejemba and Zambia based Ceasor Chandiga.
Reigning national champion Mansoor Bwanika, Habibu Sebuguzi, Dennis Ongom and Godfrey ‘Fire’ Setumba are 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th respectively according to Pool association of Uganda seeding.
Sharp shooter has managed three league titles with Scrap Buyers (2012), Samona Pool Club (2015) and Ntinda Giants Pool Club (2019)
Kasozi earned his maiden Pool Cranes call 10 years ago in 2011 when he was still playing for Scrap Yard Pool Club.
Alfred Gumikiliza ‘Black sheep’ , Jonathan ‘Joker’ Turigye, Sula Matovu, Amos Turyagumanawe were other national team players back then in 2011.
Pool association fans chairman who doubles as Kasozi’s number one fan when contacted for a comment about the player and the game, he had this to say;
” I love the game and all players but fell so much in l love with Kasozi because since then, I always felt he is the best player and always felt comfortable he could defeat anyone he played or he plays against. But for the good of the game I urge the government to consider us on the budget because this is game like other games, we need equipment, we have brought success to the country and we as well bring revenue.
The Pool Cranes will be hosted by Zambia in the All Africa Pool championship on 21st October 2021.
Joseph Kasozi Achievements.
Champion – IDD Cup 2016 defeated Mansoor Bwanika 9-8
Champion – OCEANS 2016 defeated Habibu Sebuguzi 7-6
Champions -( Pool Cranes) 2011 in Dar es Salaam Tanzania, defeated Tz, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa & Rwanda
Champions -(Pool Cranes) 2016 All Africa Championship at Lugogo, The team had; Kasozi, Joker, Black sheep, Hazard Lukomwa, Sula Matovu, Charles Segawa, Fahad Sewankambo, Fire & Salim
Silver medalists – (Pool Cranes) 2017 that was worn by South Africa; the team had; Kasozi, Black sheep, Hazard, Fire, Matovu, Fahad, Ssejjemba Ibra and Mansoor Bwanika
Silver Medalists -(Pool Cranes) 2019 in South Africa, the team had; Kasozi, Simon Computer, Ceasor, Ssejjemba, Fire, Black sheep.
Champion (3 times)- National league with Scrap Buyers, Samona and Ntinda.
Full Names: Joseph Kasozi
Nickname : Sharp Shooter
Place of birth: Rubaga
Club: Ntinda Giants
Clubs played for: Samona Pool Club, Scrap Yard, Scrap buyers, Peferction PC, Rotex PC.