Ian Otieno leads team Kenya for WESPA Youth championships

Scrabble Kenya selected a formidable team of ten players for this year’s World English Language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) Youth Cup to be played United Arab Emirates, Dubai.

St. Mary’s Burumba Ian Otieno emerged victorious during the national youth championships held at Mpesa Foundation Academy and will lead the players to claim medals at the championships that will be played in December.

Players in action

Otieno will be joined by other 9 players ged between 10 and 17 years for the preparations.

Scrabble Kenya picked ten players and five reserved players ahead of December championships at the Gems Dubai, American Academy.

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While presenting the team, Scrabble Kenya secretary general Muema Muumbi said the team was in good position and will do well. He added that the youth are the pride future scrabble players for this nation.

“We have a very strong team to take on the world. We will work with the sports ministry and education ministry to prepare the team for the Championship.  Looking at the performance of the top players today the future is bright for Scrabble development in the country,” said Muema.

According the Muema, the national youth championship marked the end of the youth qualification season, and they will include the selected players in the national (monthly) tournament circuit as part of their preparation.

Otieno defeated Salma Muthoni (who finished fourth) of Kabare Girls 368-363 in the final round to be crowned champion on a 12 + 1522 record half a point better than teammate Japheth Wandera on 11.5 +1539.

Deborah Wandia from Mugoiri girls had 11 +1203 as she emerged third on superior spread after a 3 way tie on 11 points.

Francis Matati of Dreamland Education Centre closed the top 5

In the team standings, Mugoiri girls emerged victorious ahead of Kabare and Alliance girls in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

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