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Wellington Jighere wins the 2019 WESPAC qualifiers’ phase one

Wellington Jighere has emerged as the winner of the first phase of the qualifiers for the 2019 WESPA World Scrabble Championship held over the weekend in NLNG, Bonny Island, Rivers State, Nigeria.

The 2015 World Scrabble champions won the first phase of the qualifiers with 32pts and +3121 spread points while Moses Peter the current african champions finished in second place with 28pts and +1760 spread points.

A total of 40 games of HARD SCRABBLE were played amongst 15 of Nigeria’s best and 7 wild cards, making a total of 22 players, and in the end, it was Wellington who came top.

Wellington Jighere won 32 out of the 40 games he played (a new career high of 80% wins in a tournament of 24 games or more), he emerged on top, making it 2 wins out of 2 rated events held so far this year.

Three more rounds of qualifiers will be staged before Nigeria’s representatives will be finally picked.

The 2019 WESPA World Scrabble Championship will be held at the Goa Indoor Sports Stadium from 15th – 20th October.

The detailed results are as follows:


After 40 games
1. Wellington Jighere 32pts +3121
2. Moses Peter 28pts +1760
3. Godwin Victor 26.5pts +1157
4. Ezinore George 25pts +1034
5. Ben Quickpen 25pts +1032
6. Dennis Ikekeregor 25pts +879
7. Nsikakabasi Etim 23pts +1043
8. Eta Karo 22pts +813
9. Emmanuel Umujose 21pts +1043
10. Enoch Nwali 20.5 -137
11. Cyril Umebiye 20 +296
12. Doko Oluwatimilehin 20pts +274
13. Oshodi Sunday 20pts +64
14. Oshevire Avwenagha 20pts -332
15. Raymond Gbaraba 19pts +779
16. Noble Onoshevwe 18.5pts -569
17. Gbenga Ojofeitimi 15.5pts -1464
18. Bukunmi Afolayan 15pts -1348
19. Darlington Banigo 14pts -1016
20. Sule Success 14pts -1339
21. David Jumbo 11pts -1915
22. Dadson David 5pts -5215

Photo Credit: Umar Faruq Baba-Inna

By: Tope Adefala


Ajike is one of Nigeria's top Sportscasters with over 15 years of experience in writing and talking Sports.

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