The Nigeria scrabble team continued their dominance on the continent, as they were again crowned champions of the 16th edition of the Africa Scrabble Championship that was held in Ghana from 15th-18th December 2016.
58 players from five African countries; Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Sierra Leone showcased their abilities in spelling and word building during the four-day event.
Team Nigeria emerged the best as they set a new record in the tournament as the first scrabble team on the continent to take the first position whilst Kenya second place.
The four players from Sierra Leone, Emmanuel King, Sheka Bangura, Ismail Sesay and Bobor Kamara were unable to outplay the Nigerians, Kenyans and others, as this was their first outing in the history of the sport.
Captain of the team, Sheka Kamara registered his disappointment for not making it to the list of the top 30 players in the tournament. Emphasizing that the competition was a learning process as they’ve gained experience from other players and they will work on their fault when they returned from Ghana.
He also added that the team did not prepare well for the tournament, adding funding and sponsorship is a big challenge for the sports in Sierra Leone
At the end of the event, Sierra Leone Best player in the tournament Emmanuel King finished in 39th position, Ishmael Sesay was placed 40th, Bobor Kamara 43rd and the team captain Sheku Bangura was in 55th position.
Nigeria Saidu Ayorinde was the best player in the tournament with the highest point’s margin and Nderitu Gitonga of Kenya who was the best competitor of the tournament finished 6th out of the 58.
After the competition, Kenya was announced as the host of the World Scrabble Championship next year whiles Uganda won the bid to host the next African Scrabble Championship in 2018.
By Bernard Turay
Thursday December 22, 2016