The tournament will allow players to earn points for the African Championship

The maiden edition of the Kogi Scrabble Open will begin on August 30, the Secretary of the Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF), James Eakyns, said on Tuesday.

The tourney, which is aimed at selecting players for the African Championship scheduled to hold in November, will allow players to earn points.

The tournament will hold from August 30 to September 2 in Lokoja, Kogi State, and will have the masters, intermediate and veteran categories.

“It will be used to select the top 10 players in each category that will be shortlisted for the African Championship. Immediately after the competition, we?ll be having the Akpabio Scrabble Classics in September, which is the tournament with the highest prize-money, and is expected to attract high profile players from all parts of the world,” Eakyns said.

“Players who participate in the Kogi championships will be able to accumulate points ahead of the Akpabio Classics, in turn use it as a preparatory ground for the African Championship.?

The secretary also explained that the forum created by the championship would be used to hold a board meeting of the NSF, to evaluate the performance of the federation in the year so far.

Eakyns said only states in good standing with the federation, in terms of their annual dues, would be allowed to take part in the meeting and the competition.

“The participating states will be responsible for their accommodation, transportation and feeding, and only those states that are up-to-date in their dues can participate,? he said.

The prize-money for the masters’ category will be N10,000, while the intermediate and veterans’ categories have N9,000 each.

He added that there would be side attractions like an after event party for the tournament participants, to be organised by Anthony Puke, Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Kogi State.

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