Kenya will be seeking back to back wins in the ongoing Virtual Scrabble World Cup against second-seeded Canada on Saturday 19th July 2020.
Motivated by their first win against Singapore in the opening Pool C encounter last Sunday the Word Warriors will be chasing their second win against Canada to guarantee them a place in the quarter-finals.
Canada, who defeated Ghana 13-12 in the opening fixture, leads the pool with Kenya in the second position.
Playing in a round-robin format, Kenya who lost the opener 2-3, restored the win in the second round 4-1, dropped the third round 2-3 before winning the third in 3-2 and lost the last 5th round 2-3.
David Njenga who anchored the team with four points was the top player followed by Scrabble Kenya chairman Bernard Amuke and Martins Mutahi who scored three points apiece then Chris Okioma tw points and Joash Manyasa with a point.
Amuke said that in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic the game of Scrabble has not been left behind in reinventing the wheel.
In the world cup, each nation fields 5 players in a tournament that has attracted 16 teams.
Amuke said it was a narrow win in round-robin but it was a good start for team Kenya.
“The win was good for us now that it was the opening match and we expect to get better results in our second match, seeking to qualify into the quarterfinals. We will be playing against the top seed nation and we want to upset them because we are preparing well,” said Amuke.
Canada who beat Ghana 13-12 +171 lead the pool but that does not worry the Kenyan players who are upbeat for the game in this coronavirus period.