Snooker More Than Just A Game - See How

The game of snooker in Nigeria has its ups and downs, with various suburbs having a board or two and in most cases more than necessary.

The game prides itself by having local talents across the Country with few established champions mainly because the players are self-thought and perform basic tasks based on assumptions.

Few individuals host competitions and most of the time it is poorly organized; in situations where victory in group stage is determined after just a game. This in my opinion is very wrong, having watched how it’s done on the global stage, even when it’s not  a grade A tourney.

However, the need for a national league is needed to boost the popularity of the sport and make known its champions. The game itself differs from state to state in terms of rules, as there is no unifying factor. These rules are all based on the owner of the joints view of the game, this makes it very difficult for players to move from one spot to another tricky because of varying rules. At best one gets to ask for clarification of rules as regards to various determinant factor in the game such as foul, ball in hand, back shorts, jump shorts, penalty for fouls to mention a few.

Snooker game brings strangers together; who in turn become friends and even have a business relationship outside the sport.  Nonetheless most of its local champions predominantly make a living from the game via gambling and other sort.

On the world stage my personal reigning champion is Rooney O’ Sullivan, seconded by Mark Selby, and not forgetting the amazing Efren who retired this year this players are gifted with the game from birth (if there is any sort of a thing).

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  • I haven't actually played this game before. Though I look forward to doing so. Like most games, it doesn't look so difficult, though I doubt that it's as easy as I think. And the phone version is way too easy. I want the real board. Video games can only go so far.

    - Alison Ugwuanyi - 2019-10-04 18:38:16 Quote

  • Snooker is really an amazing game,it's funny how snooker players can hit all the balls into the holes at one single strike sometimes I think it's a coincidence but then again and again they repeat the action, then I realised that they are gifted

    - Egbeyemi Ireoluwa - 2019-10-04 18:49:01 Quote

  • Seriously snooker is a nice game and it's very relaxing... Its just a pity that I don't know how to play. I have tried a lot to know how to play it but it's not coming through

    - Ayobami Akintoye - 2019-10-04 18:50:24 Quote

  • Snooker game is interesting to play indeed but just as the writer stated it has no much recognition in Nigeria as local champions play it just for fun and others for gambling to earn living. However, this is not the end as the sport minister has the opportunity to make it known Nationwide by organizing snooker competition across the country where local champions from different localities will come to explore their talents. 

    - Joel Mejida - 2019-10-04 19:03:08 Quote

  • This game remember me of my childhood,in the neighborhood where i grew up,almost all the youth can play this game because we have like two joints where its been played but i dont really have passion for it that's why i dont know how to play it till this moment.

    - Toheeb Atanda - 2019-10-04 19:28:26 Quote

  • My favorite! Especially when I give out that 7 balls✌ as a sharp guy.😊 snooker game need to be taken serious in the country there is a lot of youth out there that can play it very well if the government can organise an association and support for the players  it can help to boost our economy and also source of income to the youth or citizens... The game just have alot role to play in our economic growth if it is taken to the next level

    - Wilfred Ogidan - 2019-10-04 19:31:39 Quote

  • Even though I really don't know much about this game, I think having a national league is a good idea. Considering the fact that Nigeria is strapped to just soccer. And pays little or no attention to other sports. It will definitely be nice to have new games like snooker.

    - Taiwo Olushoto - 2019-10-04 19:35:20 Quote

  • I never knew there was more to the game than just trying to make the balls get into the holes. 

    But from this piece seems that there is more to it. It truly does need more recognition in the country. I'll try to pay more attention to the game as well thanks to this.

    - Babatunde Wuraola - 2019-10-04 19:44:24 Quote

  • This make me remind of my childhood day, I used to play this with one of our Tenant child then, His name is Godwin. Whenever we are playing snookers, I just realised that the ball will be missing. Until I caught him one day, he is trying to steel the ball so he will now later said he has win me, like he used to do before. That day that I caught him is the last day have play snooker in my life. Because I hate cheating in my life.

    - Oyekola Olamide - 2019-10-04 19:47:30 Quote

  • I only know much about this game from it on my phone and since have been playing it I think it needs to be enhanced more and brought into limelight in Nigeria. 

    - Ibraheem Anuoluwapo - 2019-10-04 19:58:16 Quote

  • I actually spend a lot of time watching other people play but never got the chance to play, but I'm still looking forward to that day I'm going to hold that stick to play

    - Oluwatobiloba Peter - 2019-10-04 19:58:23 Quote

  • The game is really something, started playing as far back as 1998 and have grown well in the game though have had breaks ranging from a year to three before another shot. Surely a game for the smart

    - Daniel Ekweani - 2019-10-04 20:00:36 Quote

  • I can say snookers is one of my best games and I really which this game can be taken into consideration and played even in the should not just be a game played in bar

    - Oloyede olamilekan Michael - 2019-10-04 20:12:21 Quote

  • I don't really know how to play the game but love watching while others play. It really interest me the way the openet is on suspense while the other person is making a move. But her in Nigeria it not recognized that much. 

    - Maryann Onuoha - 2019-10-04 20:12:33 Quote

  • i do love playing snooker but you can't always be the champion there ..there is always someone better than you lol fr t4ho...enjoy playing it with a drink by t4he side.and you have to think well and be able to calculate

    - DANIEL OLUWATIMILEHIN - 2019-10-04 20:13:54 Quote

  • In the game of snooker, one person i see as role model is no other than Ronnie O’Sullivan is one time best player I loved so much.

    Ronnie O’Sullivan constructs a century break, potting 100 points’ worth of balls on a single

    visit to a snooker table. No one ever described

    snooker as an easy game, but when O’Sullivan

    begins to flow, he makes each moment look

    natural. Obvious, almost. Self-evident. To

    watch him line up a shot is often to think that

    you—or I, any of us—could pot that particular

    ball. And while we’re watching the struck ball

    settle in the pocket, the cue ball has magically

    drifted to a spot where the next shot possesses

    the same easy clarity. The same self-evidence.

    And so with the next, and the next, and the

    next, until he’s finished putting away the 36

    balls that make up a completed frame of


    - Okoro chidiebere Henry - 2019-10-04 20:14:20 Quote

  • I don't really know much about this snooker game as it's uncommon but it sounds interesting maybe if it's more popularised it can be more well known which would be nice as you have pointed it out as game that brings people close.

    - COURAGE AGBONS - 2019-10-04 20:21:47 Quote

  • Snooker game is beautiful and interesting. Although I don't know how to play,but I remember I spent most of my leisure time when I was in school at game centre washing those who played the game with passion. 

    - OPEYEMI FAJEMIDAGBA - 2019-10-04 20:24:13 Quote

  • Snooker is a sport like others that is about precision and accuracy of using the hand to hit the target. The writer of this article is spot on and I never knew this game can be this factful and researchful.

    - Oluwaseyi Oyedokun - 2019-10-04 20:30:05 Quote

  • I have heard about it a lot of times and even tried to learn how to play it but I'm not just getting it. I guess it's a difficult game to learn but interesting after it's learnt. 

    - Odewale Bolu - 2019-10-04 20:38:28 Quote

  • I was privileged to enjoy snooker from a very tender age of 7 but as I grew older, my academic pursuits took center stage and I later found myself at the periphery of the game. Still, I love the game aside football and tennis, snooker is my best game

    - Daniel Edet - 2019-10-04 20:43:52 Quote

  • Snooker is a lovely game. It's fun to play and to watch people play. Tho I don't know how to play the physical game, but I've played it several times on phone, and computer system. I would like to learn how to play it someday .

    - Joshua Ogunsanya - 2019-10-04 20:45:06 Quote

  • Wow, snooker??

    Snooker is indeed the game of the mind, take it or leave it, its a game for the matured minded, because it entails calculation, its difficult for you to see children playing snooker unlike the game of What, Chess, Ludo etc. Snooker is for the matured minded who understands the game of calculation..... If I was to present an award for the best game, I will pick snooker, for its indeed the best ever.

    - Osas Nice - 2019-10-04 20:48:23 Quote

  • I have only watch people play but I've never played myself just because I don't understand the game. Even though I wish I know how to play but my height is kind of posing an hindrance bacause I am a short guy and it's kind of difficult to play on the high table. How I wish I have a little more height. 

    - Gbolagade Kazeem - 2019-10-04 20:50:34 Quote

  • Actually snooker is a great game because I have a friend that goes for the competition at fela shrine and is always part of the top three but the game is not recognized in Nigeria it only recognized for gambling

    - Jimoh Abdul - 2019-10-04 21:05:36 Quote

  • Actually snooker is a great game because I have a friend that goes for the competition at fela shrine and is always part of the top three but the game is not recognized in Nigeria it only recognized for gambling

    - Jimoh Abdul - 2019-10-04 21:08:52 Quote

  • Snooker game is one of the most popular game especially in student area. Alot of student likes playing the game all because it is interesting and it allow more that one or two player. And i think if the gam is been set up in a normal way as that of football, alot of talent wiil be discovered.

    - Bashir Toheeb Ibidapo - 2019-10-04 21:20:21 Quote

  • I played this when I was still coming up

    I was beaten by my mom always when am being caught she believe it was games for a male child,lol I stopped playing 4years back because it has caused me a lot stress spending money to play, even the beating, does days they don't send me on errands lol its indeed a nice game

    - Patience Sunday - 2019-10-04 21:25:06 Quote

  • Snooker is a very special game played by interesting people, parents believe towards the game is bad one, parents believe snooker is a game played by robbers, and irresponsible people so like me I lost interest in playing the game but is really a good game.

    - Austin Chinedu - 2019-10-04 21:32:49 Quote

  • Snooker is indeed one game that brings people together. I remembered when I first played the game. I failed really bad but funny enough my boss who was playing too was so eager to teach me and now I'm really good at it. The thing about the game is that most Nigerian parents tend to attach a bad name to snooker saying it's all about gambling and all that. I think the national sports association should create competitions for snooker that will really help in bringing prestige to the game.

    - Ndukwe Ikechukwu - 2019-10-04 21:49:18 Quote

  • Snooker is really a very special game played by people. parents believe snooker is a game played by robbers or irresponsible people. I dont really Play the game not because i cant play or dont know where to play. Is just that i haven't seen people who really play the game very much. As for me its a good game, played with smartness and inner mind.

    - Osigwe Stephen - 2019-10-04 21:56:55 Quote

  • This write up makes the concept of the game thrilling. Although it is indeed interesting, I don't find it easy. This game should be introduced in schools. This is too good to be left out

    - Blessing Sheyil - 2019-10-04 21:57:25 Quote

  • I actually do like the game. The first day I played I find it difficult but subsequently it became very easy for me . Just that I haven't really gotten acquiesced with the rules of the game. Snooker is really an interesting game but unfortunately In Nigeria, it isn't cherished like in UK

    - Ealefoh Adesuwa - 2019-10-04 22:00:06 Quote

  • I heard the game of snooker will make you learn how to pot many holes, lol

    I've always wanted to learn this game but I've not gotten the chance to. I always admire people that plays it, with the swag and everything. I hope to play someday just for fun. 

    - Ikenna Henry Onyemekesi - 2019-10-04 22:12:57 Quote

  • Snooker is truly more than just a game in in essence, it has brought people all over the world together who later became friends and even business partners.I just have so much love for this game cause it also taught me new things and made me met new people.

    - Enenta Michael - 2019-10-04 22:40:35 Quote

  • Snooker has been a great kind of game for me since birth, me and my friends are snooker gurus now, though it is much more harder than you can imagine it to be. I love everything about this game but I'm still trying to improve on my porting skill though.

    - Thompson Odia - 2019-10-05 08:22:56 Quote

  • I remember my first attempt at this game, I was terrible! But I found it so interesting that I didn't want to stop. Its a very calculating and entertaining game. Like this piece says, i feel it needs more recognition in Nigeria and should be made an official sport.

    - Christiana Okoye - 2019-10-05 10:21:23 Quote

  • I'm a lover of snooker and I paly very well too. But like it has been said people play at different joints according to the rules and styles the owner as set aside. And this is not supposed to be so cause it gives people different views of it and might cause confusion. So I think the normal and general rules guiding the game should be adopted everywhere.

    - Mustapha Akande - 2019-10-05 11:49:31 Quote

  • Snookers is a game if luck, once you can hold the stick with convenience position, you're good to shot two or more ball to the hole, although I use to play it before but now am not use to it like before. 

    - Yahaya Solihudeen Ajiboye - 2019-10-05 16:47:28 Quote

  • It’s a nice sexy and gentle game at brings people together In an elegant’s a sport with pride tho.. 

    funny 😄 enough , am only a pro on my phone .. bring me on board in reality...mehn naxo I go Dey fumble . There is still room for improvement with practice sha o . I need a tutorial on it anyways ..

    - Fabunmi Daniel - 2019-10-05 18:02:14 Quote

  • I have never played sniper before but I have heard so much about it and have seen several individuals play the game on their mobile phones. Snooker isn't the only game being neglected in Nigeria, sports in Nigeria need to be paid more attention.

    - Christopher Peace - 2019-10-05 22:04:58 Quote

  • I'm so happy to have learnt this snooker game, I play it only on my phone then I think 8ball pool or so before I learnt it real life and y'all need to learn it to if you don't know how to play it. The game is really fun but  really not paid so much attention in the Nigeria sports sector.

    - Kameel Itunu - 2019-10-05 23:07:33 Quote

  • Snooker game is nice game and it's really creative

    Snooker game is not well recognoze as main sport in our society like other sport activities I think Snooker need well sponsor it should be feature on Olympic game and other tournament to boost the game popularity 

    - Oretan Ayomipo Micheal - 2019-10-06 00:40:08 Quote

  • I have never played the game of snooker but I have little knowledge of the game of gentlemen.

    It's certainly a game of recreation and relaxation, helps in training one how to remain composed and highly focused in the face of excruciating challenges.

    - Oghoghomena Enakeno Osah - 2019-10-06 13:23:45 Quote

  • Well this game is one of the games I don't know how to play it, but with what i just read now,is just a game of focus and mind set, and it brings two people together to become friends and create long lasting relationship. I think I will like to learn this game and be perfect in it.

    - Francis Emmanuel - 2019-10-08 21:48:16 Quote

  • Playing this game in reality will be of high excitement to me ever since whenever I play it on the Android phone, I do enjoy it and do usually wish in playing it with a master in that field. Focusing on this game is the mastermind of it as not to loose one's target and aim for knocking out balls. I look forward to play it as time goes on and be a real playerin it.

    - Badmus Usman - 2019-10-11 22:49:34 Quote

  • Snooker is a kind of lovely and interesting game, though I haven't play it reality before, I only play it on Android phone. But I wish to play one day. Seen friends playing it around me is a wonderful thing. I just wish I can play it reality..

    - Oluwatobi Raji - 2019-10-12 22:44:30 Quote

  • Woow I never knew that snooker game have this kind of advantage.

    I think the game is place by unbelievers but I started to play the game in School in my hostel then it bring people together and it a game of love.

    - Amusan Olaitan - 2019-10-13 18:44:14 Quote

  • The game is made up of set of snooker balls: fifteen object balls that are not numbered and are solid red( called reds), six object ballsof other colors that are not numbered ( called colors) and a cue ball ( called the white ball). Point Values for object balls are red-1 yellow-2 green-3 brown-4  blue-5 pink-6 black-7.

    - Osita Olisa - 2019-10-13 19:41:54 Quote

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