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Godsfavour wins Awka Scrabble Championship



MAIDEN edition of the Awka Scrabble Club Championship, sponsored by National Light Newspapers has  ended with Whiskey Godsfavour emerging champion of the tournament.

  Mr. Godsfavour, who won three gold medals and one silver at the just concluded National Sports Festival in Edo State was crowned winner of the tournament.

  Speaking to our correspondents, the Delta State-born player said “I started playing scrabble in 2003 in the streets. I started playing in tournaments in 2005 at the Delta State Sports Festival where I represented Ughelli North.

  I have been to different tournaments including the Godswill Akpabio Tournament. In 2012, I went for trials and was chosen to represent Delta State at the National Sports Festival.” Mr. Godsfavour added that he won a gold and silver medal at the festival.

  According to him, he was employed into the Delta State Sports Commission as a Programmes’ Athlete.

  He concluded by saying his next plan is  to participate in the forthcoming tournament next month in Bayelsa State

  Fidelis Ikemefuna from Uga, in Anambra State, who came second said “I started playing scrabble when I was in secondary school in my S. S. 3. I was very brilliant but there was this person that used to defeat, so I took it upon myself to win him. Since then, I have been competitive in the game.” Chibueze Uchenegbu came third in the competition.

  Ajuluchukwu Okagbue, who spoke on behalf of the organisers expressed his delight and appreciated the MD/CEO, Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC), publishers of National Light Newspapers, Sir Chuka Nnabuife for sponsoring the championship.

  In his words, “I want to use this opportunity to thank Sir Chuka Nnabuife for his support and  ANPC for the sponsorship and giving us a venue for this tournament. It is a gesture we cannot take for granted”.

  When asked the significance of the tournament, Mr. Okagbue said, “this tournament was used to rank players and members, so winning or losing will determine if your rank will appreciate or otherwise”.

  On what happens next, he said Awka Scrabble Club was preparing for a tournament that will take place in Bayelsa State next month.

  The one-day event, held at the premises of National Light Newspapers, had over 15 participants drawn from different states of the federation in attendance.

  Winner of the tournament went home with the sum of N10,000, second place took N8,000 while the third placed participant got N7,000.

  There were also consolation prizes for the fourth to tenth participants.

  Highlight of the tournament was presentation of the prizes to the winners and a group photograph by the athletes.

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