World Scrabble Championship: Nigeria beat 30 other countries to win title

World Scrabble Championship: Nigeria beat 30 other countries to win title

Nigeria's Scrabble national team emerged winners of the World English Scrabble Players Association Championship in India for the second time.

Wellington Jighere was the first player to put the country's name on the world map of the sports after winning the 2015 edition of the competition - winning a total prize of about $25,000.

With a total of 145 players representing 30 countries at the event, Nigeria's contingents triumphed at the end of the tourney.

11 players and officials flew the country's flag at the event and they were able to show the quality they were made of.

According to Vanguard, two of the representatives were ranked fifth and 10th, while others stayed in the top 30 range.

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While reacting to his side's victory, the Scrabble team coach Anthony Ikolo said; “This feat has put Nigeria in the world map again as the best scrabble-playing nation in the world.

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"The achievement was based on the commitment of the players and officials. “We thank Nigerians and everybody who made the trip possible.

"It was tough but we succeeded… beating top countries in the world was not easy,” he said.

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The Nigeria Scrabble Federation President, Suleiman Gora has also thanked the team, saying: "My special congratulations to all members of the Nigerian Scrabble team in India. I am very proud of your performances and you should also be proud of yourselves.

It was not easy for us getting there and playing to this level with little resources. Ojior, Gbenga, Jack and Mbagwu God bless you all. Toke and Ikolo and the entire team thanks and congratulations. Wish you all journey mercy back home. We are proud of the team,” he said.

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