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13th African Games: Uganda, Nigeria secure Gold in Scrabble Team events

Posted : 18 March 2024

Uganda and Nigeria have emerged as winners in the men's and women's team events, respectively, at the inaugural Scrabble tournament at the African Games in Ghana.

Scrabble is featuring at the Games for the first time but as one of the demonstration sports at "Africa's Olympics."

The keenly contested mind game saw over hundreds of Scrabble players showcase their word power in 27 rounds at the Alisa Hotel North Ridge in Accra, Ghana.

The encounters unpacked upsets and surprises as the eight English-speaking countries; Liberia, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Sierra Leone in the men’s category in Day One battled to qualify into the knockout stage.

After thrilling games, Nigeria qualified to face Uganda while Kenya slugged it out against Liberia in the semi-finals.

The turnout of the semi-finals left Scrabble enthusiasts in shock as Uganda defeated favorites Nigeria 5 1⁄2 games with a cumulative spread of +95 to get to the final.

Also, Liberia secured 4 wins against Kenya with a cumulative spread of -15 to set up a tantalizing encounter with Uganda in the final.

In the third-place pairing, Kenya claimed the bronze medal after 5 wins and 4 losses with a cumulative spread of +152 while Nigeria didn't make the podium having finished in the fourth position with 3 1⁄2 wins and 5 1⁄2 losses with a cumulative spread of -95.

However, Nigeria ruled in the female category after 6 wins and 3 losses with a cumulative spread of +325 while Kenya finished second after 3 wins and 6 losses with a cumulative spread of -325.

Zambia won the bronze medal after 9 wins with a cumulative spread of +1104 while Ghana ended in the fourth position, losing all nine matches with a cumulative spread of -1104.


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