Ugandan Scrabble team transferred to Zambia


The Ugandan national scrabble team was flagged by the National Sports Council (NCS) on Wednesday ahead of the 2019 East, Central and South African Championship.

NCS Acting Secretary General Patrick Bernard Ogwel sent an eight-man squad to Zambia on behalf of the government ahead of the championship scheduled for April 19-21, 2019.

The eight players include Christopher Ntege who is also the president of the Uganda Scrabble Federation, Chris Kalibala, Edgar Odongkara and Mark Okwir who works at the main hospital in Lira.

The others are Rose Kisembo, Linda Alyek, Greens Kamugisha and Edwin Mugisha, number one seed in Uganda.

Mugisha has indicated he is ready to make sure he excels at the tournament and looks forward to improving from the sixth position he posted last year.

“I am ready and we are committed as a team to go and represent Uganda. Our goal is to improve as a team and maybe win the tournament. Last year I finished sixth but I want to get a better ranking this time, ”said Mugisha.

While reporting the team, Ogwel said that as a government body, NCS is committed to promoting all inclusive scrabble sports.

“As a government, we are committed to promoting sport in the country. We promised to support all 48 sports federations including scrabble and were able to offer them eight return tickets to Zambia. This is the biggest team that travels, I follow the history of the game. We wish them success and hope that they will come back as winners.

Defending champions Kenya have dominated the championship, winning it a record six times since its inception in 2003.

Uganda’s best tournament result came in 2014 when the team won silver (finished second).

Traveling squad

  • Dr Chris Ntege
  • Dr Mark Okwir
  • Edwin Mugisha
  • Linda alyek
  • Rose Kisembo
  • Kamugisha Greens
  • Chris Kalibala
  • Edgar Odongkara

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