Nigeria recorded another milestone in the world of sports earlier today as 36-year-old Nigerian scrabble player, Wellington Jighere, won the World Scrabble Championship held in Perth, Australia.
Jighere defeated Lewis Mackay, 30, from Cambridge, England, in the final round of the competition after many heated rounds of competition to become the new world scrabble champion.
The Delta state born player won the final game with 448 points to Mackay’s 426. Among the words used in the final were Gainlier, avouched and guiro.
No fewer than 450 Scrabble players from around the world participated in the tournament that has seen its first African player crowned the champion.
The current world number, Nigel Richards of New Zealand, placed eighth in the competition.
Team Nigeria to the World Scrabble Championship in Perth, Australia
Speaking moments ago on his Facebook page about his historic victory, Jighere said: “Thanks all, for the prayers and the support. Just like our Oga, Sammy Okosagah, alluded to earlier on, it was a battle between one man and a whole continent. It was like I was borrowing the “pickability” of all the glorious pickers in the house.
I’ll be releasing a more appropriate statement later. I really must endeavor to rest now. I’ve not slept well in about a week. The fact that I was able to perform in spite of the sleeplessness still baffles me. It only goes to prove that God deeply involved in this matter.
To him alone be all the glory!”
Meanwhile, Nicholas Hong of Singapore was crowned the new World Youth Scrabble champion. He became the second player after Pakistan’s Moiz Baig to win the WYSC in his first appearance.
Nicholas won 18 of his 24 matches and had a spread of 982.
Abdullah Abbasi of Pakistan finished as the runner up with 17 wins and a spread of 1148.
Nicholas Hong of Singapore. Photo credit: geo-tv
Defending champion Jack Durand of England finished 3rd with 16.5 wins and a spread of 1678.
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