A team of 25 players has been selected by Scrabble Kenya to represent the country at the 14th edition of the East Central and Southern Africa (ECASA) scrabble championship.
The championship will be held from the 30th of next month to 2nd April in Livingstone, Zambia.
The 25 accumulated the most points in the eight series tournaments held from July last year and which were being used to select team Kenya.
Out of the 94 players that were eligible to compete in the eight-round series which began in Mombasa in July last year, Millie Kikechi from Kiambu finished at position 22, securing a direct ticket alongside 24 men who will compete at the tournament which has attracted five countries including South Africa and Uganda.
The team was selected after the final round of the series held in Homabay over the weekend and will be led by Nderitu Gitonga of Kirinyaga and Allan Oyende from Nairobi. Kenya’s top seed Allan Oyende was in imperious form in Homabay averaging 459 a game on his way to wrapping up the tournament with a round to spare.
The highlight of the tournament was his 526-521 win over fellow club mate Bernard Amuke. In the open section Tom Mboya emerged victorious ahead of Home favourite Gilbert Angila.
The 8-month Grand Prix qualification saw players travel the country from Mombasa, Machakos, Eldoret, Nairobi, Kisumu to Nakuru before a return to the capital and a final round in Homabay.
Coast based Julius Auka came agonizingly close to qualification but had to settle for first reserve as Kiambu’s Fred Magu edged him out of the final spot on tiebreak.
Action now shifts to the qualification for the Africa Scrabble Championship under the Pan African Scrabble Association which will be held in Eldoret on the 3rd& 4th of next month.