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MGI Scrabble Grand Slam: Six African Scrabble Kings, American Champion Battle For Honours At Golf View Hotel, Lagos



The last and equally glamorous event in the scrabble calendar of Mind Game Incorporated (MGI) the Grand Slam begins today at the Golfview Suites and Conference Centre, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos with 30 top players in attendance.

The list is made up of six players who have won the African Scrabble Championship and one of them is a former world champion. The cast also include current American national champion and a host of multiple National Championship winners.

The current African Scrabble Champion and double 2023 National Championship winner, Enoch Nwali. The player fondly called the Drummer boy is student of University of Lagos. Two time African King and World Champion who is the defending champion, Wellington Jighere will be seeking to strike the second time.

Nsikak Etim, the current national number one and a former African Champion who wants to add this prize to his Toke Aka national championship crown is in alongside two time African Scrabble Championship winner Dennis Ikekeregor who is very hungry for another major title, Moses Peter, the super picker who has also ruled the continent will be in attendance with Femi Awowade who conquered Africa some 27 years ago.

UK base Awowade, a sporting and scrabble legend who helped in shaping the sport in Nigeria and Africa is in Lagos to ruffle some feathers and also throw some scrabble tigers under the bus.

Another household name in the mindgame that will be searching for the right tiles at the Grand Slam is Sammy Okosagah who represented America at the last WESPA Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA in July this year. The Edo State born, Sammy Okosagah, current America national champion is a contender for the top prize of one million naira.

Old timer, Azu Ogbogu, five time Kano Open champion Segun Durojaye, 2023 South West Closed winner Cyril Umebiye, 2022 National Sports Festival gold medalist and a member of the all conquering Hurricane SC, Jimoh Abdulmumin, James Ewruje winner of the maiden edition of Lekki Scrabble Classics and the 2022 MGI Patrons Cup and Doko Timilehin the West Africa Scrabble University Games champion who is also a key member of Hurricane SC are ready for the rough jamming and challenging scrabble battle this weekend.

A report on First Zealmediacast Blog says that only one female player, Bukunmi Afolayan, Africa’s number two scrabble amazon will be in the mix when hostilities starts on Friday at the Golfview Suites & Conference Centre.

NSF President Olobatoke Aka, Technical Director John Curtis, Chukwudi Ehibudu, Enai Doubra, John Aiyedun, Sunday Oshodi, Hakeem Olaribigbe, Tega Okiemute, Squiz Ewarah, Lukeman Owolabi wearing the colours of Ireland, Samuel Adebola, Ojior Osikhena, David Ojih, Lester Morris of Liberia, Ayotunde Adeyeri of America and Adeyemi Adeosun, semi finalist at the PANASA President’s Cup and the winner of the first edition of the South West Closed Championship completes the roll call.

Young, dynamic, skillful and equally experienced Khaleel Adedeji is serving as tournament director for the competition that will be powered by TSH.

It’s a 24 rounds of games event with the top two players going for the best of 5 games final round to determine the winner of the MGI Scrabble Grand Slam for 2023 that has the seal and rating points of Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF), World English Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) and Mindgame Incorporated (MGI).

Over N2 million will be doled out as prize money and the top 15 players are covered in the prize money pool.

Khaleel Adedeji, the Grand Slam tournament director, who is still celebrating his team’s promotion into the MGI Scrabble Premier League, says all necessary and needed logistics for a hitch free event have been put in place.

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Heartland beef up Technical crew with Nwachukwu, Gaadi




The management of Heartland FC has announced the further beefing up of the team’s technical crew with two new coaches.

They are Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, former Head coach of SKE, Port Harcourt who is to serve as Assistant Coach 1 and legendary John Gaadi who becomes Goalkeeper Trainer 2.

The club’s General Manager, Promise Nwachukwu presented the two coaches to the players in their last training session on Thursday before their departure to Ibadan for the NPFL Matchday 11 tie with Shooting Stars Sports Club slated for Sunday.

Nwachukwu charged them to be good ambassadors of the club and work with other coaches in the team to fashion out strategies to ensure Heartland FC get out of their present situation on the league table.

He said they should see their new assignment as call to duty and that they should work to justify the confidence repose in them.

“We are happy to have you in our club. You have come to add something unique to the technical crew and we will like you to make hard work your watchword,” Nwachukwu said.

Recall that Heartland FC recently appointed twice NPFL champion, Kennedy Boboye as Technical Adviser while Charles Uzor became the Chief coach among other changes made to ensure the club rediscover winning formula after a not too good start to the season.

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Club Owners commends NPFL, insists on improved officiating




As part of efforts geared towards strengthening the synergy between the managers of the league, Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) and Nigeria Football Club Owners Association, both bodies met in Abuja on Tuesday and agreed to continue to engage in the interest of the league.

The meeting ended with the Club Owners led by its chairman, Chief Okey Kpalukwu commending the efforts of the NPFL for taking a strong stand against erring match officials, and putting the league on TV. He charged the Honorable Gbenga Elegbeleye led board not to relent in giving Nigerians a league they will be proud of.
“We want to commend the NPFL board for the way it has dealt with the issue of poor officiating by match officials and the promptness applied in doing so.

This is highly commendable and on behalf of the Club Owners, I’ll want to urge you not to rest on your oars because we can’t afford to go back to the ugly past where match officials do whatever they like with impunity and nothing is done to checkmate them. We’re not there yet but we’ve made progress. We are also happy that our games are now on television, this is very important for any league that wants to develop and be attractive to sponsors,” posited the former Sharks Football club of Port Harcourt General Manager.

As far as the Rivers United General Manager is concerned, the NPFL strategic partners, GTI deserves support for what they’ve been able to do for the league which he described as immense, he however asked them to redouble their efforts at attracting more support for the league while pledging the backing of the clubs to enable them achieve the lofty plans they’ve for the league.

On the issue of Total Promotions taking the NPFL to court which is discouraging potential sponsors from supporting the league, Chief Kpalukwu pleaded with the former league partners to stop dragging the league backward.

“I thought we’ve gone past this stage and I’m surprised that this issue of Total Promotions hasn’t gone away. What is certain is that the club owners as a body is solidly behind the NPFL and we condemn in its entirety anything that will set the league backward. Enough is enough”, stated Chief Kpalukwu who is also a member of the NPFL board.

In his response, the NPFL chairman, Hon Elegbeleye thanked the clubs for their continued support for the league body and promised to keep engaging with them to deliver on promises made when the board was sworn in by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) a few months ago.

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Goals Rain As NLO Cup Kicks Off




It was a carnival of goals, with seven victories, a combined 30 goals scored, and Ifeanyi Uzorchukwu going home with a match ball following his hat-trick, as the inaugural NLO Cup- sponsored by telecommunications giant MTN and FirstCentral Credit Bureau kicked off on Friday in Kano and Uyo.

Eight Matchday One fixtures, four each in Group 1 and Group 2 were concluded at the Sani Abacha Stadium and Uyo Township Stadium respectively, to the delight of anxious fans who came to catch a glimpse of the Nationwide League One brand of football.

It was an interesting curtain raiser in Kano, as Like Minds FC ace Ifeanyi Uzorchukwu was a torn in the flesh for Zeal Minds FC defence, after he fired three goals past them, to became the first player to score a hat-trick and helped his team to a 4-3 win.

Another 7-goal thriller was in Uyo after Jaguar FC needed a late penalty to edge RORO FC 4-3. The game produced six different goal scorers, with Awhana Silas scoring a brace for losing Roro FC.

Ikechukwu Chukwudi opened the scoring for Jaguar FC with a fine finish in the 25th minute to the delight of his team at the Uyo Township Stadium.

Two quick goals were recorded in the space of four minutes after Hassan Joshua doubled the lead for Jaguar FC in the 27th minute while Abraham Samson pulled one back for RORO FC from a scramble two minutes later.

In the 33rd minute, Anyaegbunam Pacian increased the tally with a stunning strike, as Jaguar FC took a 3-1 lead into half-time.

On the one-hour mark, Awhana Silas scored a sensational strike to keep RORO FC’s hope alive to make it 3-2. He then completed what looked like a comeback for his team with his second to draw RORO FC level at 3-3 in the 69th minute. RORO FC will rue hard-luck after Jaguar FC was awarded a spot kick and Godwin Onoja stepped forward to send goalkeeper Tubobo Saheed the wrong way to make it 4-3 for Jaguar FC.

In the second fixture of Matchday One,
Alex Sunday also made history as he scored a hat-trick in the NLO Cup after his team Kun Khalifa FC put four goals past FC Chimoski, who managed just one goal in the game.

It took Alex Sunday 12 minutes to find the back of the net after he put Kun Khalifa ahead with a superb stunning strike from the edge of the box. He then scored his second and third in the 37th and 50th minute.

From the other results, Abuja-based Green Lock FC pipped NA Royal FC 2-1, while Kwankwasiyya FC was also 2-1 better than FC Sheika.
Palm Syrup FC were the first team to keep a clean sheet after they edged Krane FC 2-0.

Tudun Wada FC also kept it decent with their defending after they pipped Barau/Murtala by a lone goal while Olegacy FC and Vandrezzer JNR shared the spoils as the game ended 1-1.


Like Minds FC 4-3 Zeal Minds FC
Green Lock FC 2-1 NA Royal FC
FC Sheika 1-2 Kwankwasiyya FC
Barau/Murtala 0-1 Tudun Wada FC

RORO FC 3-4 Jaguar FC
Krane FC 0-2 Palm Syrup FC
Kun Khalifa FC 4-1 FC Chimoski
Olegacy FC 1-1 Vandrezzer JNR

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