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Former World and African champions are among top Nigerian players that will slug it out at the third Governor Douye Diri National Scrabble Championship.
The two-day event, hosted by the Bayelsa State Scrabble Association (BYSA) in Yenagoa, the state capital, is slated for July 8 and 9 at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall.
The governor’s tournament serves as final preparation for the Nigeria contingent to World Scrabble Championship holding in the United States from July 15.
Expected to participate in the masters’ category are former world champion, Wellington Jighere, current African champion, Enoch Nwali, his compatriot and defending champion of the tournament, Nsikak Etim. Other top-rated players in the list are Emmanuel Umujose, Eta Karo and Oshevire Avwenaghagha, who won in the first edition.
BYSA Chairman, Daniel Alabrah, confirmed the readiness to host the third edition with over 300 players from across the country expected to participate.
He stated that this edition would be more competitive as only four categories would feature, namely masters, opens, veterans and students from Bayelsa secondary schools.
He said: “The Bayelsa Scrabble Association is ready for the third edition of the governor’s national scrabble championship. Preparations are on top gear to deliver a hitch-free championship.
“We look forward to receiving former world, African and national champions among over 300 participants in the masters, opens, veterans and students categories.”