Oyende star as Kenya dominate 2022 East, Central and Southern Africa Championship

2022 East, Central and South Africa Scrabble Championship:

  • Winner: Kenya
  • Second: Uganda
  • Third: Zambia

Kenya have won the 2022 East, Central and Southern Africa Scrabble Championship hosted by Uganda at the Source of the Nile Hotel – Jinja town during the Easter holidays.

The three-day championship started on Good Friday and culminated on Easter Sunday with National Sports Council (NCS) Secretary General Dr Bernard Patrick Ogwel in attendance as guest of honour.

The Kenya team was in great shape to claim the sparkling trophy.

The triumphant team was boosted by their most notable player, Allan Oyende, who won 20 games, lost 7 and posted a +1307 point lead.

Allan Oyende (left) in action against fellow Kenyan Francis Wachira in the epic final. (David Isabirye)

Oyende was rewarded with a personal trophy and cash worth $1,000 (at least 3,600,000 Ug.shs).

“It was the toughest tournament I have ever played. I thank the organizers for the great job done. I thank the Kenyan team for the collective effort and we have to work harder for the following tournaments”, said Oyende in his victory speech.

Oyende also won the Nile Scrabble Championship held in Jinja (The Office) in December 2021.

Another Kenyan Francis Wachira (+886) was a finalist to win a trophy and $700 cash prize.

Francis Wachira on the Scrabble table (Credit: David Isabirye)
LR: Top 3 – Francis Wachira, Allan Oyende and Edgar Odongkara (Credit: David Isabirye)

Uganda’s Edgar Odongkara (813) finished third overall for a trophy and $600.

Ugandan team head coach-player Richard “Lion of Arua” Geria came in fourth (+1429 spread) to pocket $500 and a Medal of Excellence.

Another Kenyan, Gitonga Nderitu finished fifth to pocket $350 and a Medal of Excellence.

Tobias Outi ($300), Ivan Gilbert Ssentongo ($250), Martins Muthai ($200), Liberian Alvin Roberts ($150) and Stanley Njoroge ($100) completed the respective top ten positions.

Uganda’s 2022 ECASA Championship Top 10 Players (David Isabirye)

The best Zambian was Patrick Mpundu, ranked 15and in total with 15 wins and 12 losses with a difference of +1068.

Zambia’s second best player Isaac Mwape ranked 20and in total with 15 wins and 12 losses, with a difference of +59.

The Ugandan team was managed by Chris Ntege and coached by Richard Geria.

Player-manager Richard Geria finished fifth overall. (David Isabirye)

Other team members included; Odongkara, Sentongo, Godwin Murungi, Stephen Ssali, Don Elijah Kagiri, Linda Alyek, Godfrey Obura, Matthew Kawuki, Armstrong Tinka, Ron Lwebuga, Isaac Mabinda, Davis Apuuli, Phoebe Tibaingana, Corban Mugisha, Tony Kyobe, John Paul Rutaremwa, Assumpta Nakyanzi , Kenneth Okuku, Nelson Kyagera, Derrick Magaya, Edwin Mukasa, Dan Mayanja and veteran Chris Kalibala.

Uganda Scrabble team group photo. (David Isabirye)
Allan Oyende receives his winner’s trophy from Dr Bernard Patrick Ogwel as SAU President Nelson Kyagera Woire keeps a watchful eye. (David Isabirye)

Dr Ogwel praised the efforts of the Scrabble Association of Uganda (SAU) to develop the game.

I would like to thank the Uganda Scrabble Association for the deliberate efforts to develop the game in the country. Hosting the East, Central and Southern Africa Championship is a great initiative. As NCS, we will continue to support your efforts.

Dr Bernard Patrick Ogwel, Secretary General National Sports Council (CNS)

L to R: Chris Kalibala (SAU Vice President), Dr Bernard Patrick Ogwel and Nelson Kyagera Woire at the closing of the 2022 East, Central and Southern Africa Scrabble Championship in the town of Jinja. David Isabirye)

Uganda Scrabble Association President Nelson Kyagera Woire particularly appreciated the Local Organizing Committee, all participating players and countries, sponsors especially the National Sports Council (NCS) with a call to start the games early. preparations for the African meeting in Zambia and the next ECASA in Kenya.

I would like to thank the National Sports Council (NCS) and the other sponsors for all the support, all the players and countries that participated. I also applaud the local organizing committee for organizing such a good championship. We are focusing on PACASA in Zambia in November and ECASA which will be hosted by Kenya next year.

Nelson Kyagera Woire, President of the Uganda Scrabble Association

A total of 66 players took part in this 16th ECASA tournament which attracted players from Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Liberia.

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