Nigerian retains African Scrabble title in Zambia


Enoch Tochukwu Nwali was declared Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the end of the 14th African Scrabble Championship, which Nigeria won to remain the top African country in the sport.
Nwali, a 300-level health education student from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), outplayed his opponents to become the new king of African scrabble in the competition, which ended Monday in Lusaka, Zambia.
Nwali claimed his victory on the final day, when he crossed the finish line in front of 85 other players from 10 countries.
He had 25½ wins plus a cumulative plus 2023 points in 32 games, losing six games and earning one draw over the four days of competition.
Nwali led from day one to the end of the championship, winning his opener against his closest challenger, fellow Nigerian and former world champion, Wellington Jighere.
The victory in Zambia is Nigeria’s 13th title in the championship, which is in its 14th edition.
Former world champion, Wellington Jighere, who was tipped to win the tournament after a successful season, came second ahead of fellow Nigerian Prince Omosefe to complete the top three spots for the Nigeria squad.
Players ranked second and third had the same number of wins, 22, but Jighere had higher cumulative points.
Nigeria’s closest rival, Allan Oyende of Team Kenya, with 22 wins and over 590, finished fourth ahead of Nigeria’s Eta Paul Karo, who placed fifth, Gitonga Nderitu, also of Kenya, finished fourth. finished sixth while Ugandan Edgar Odongkara finished seventh.

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