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I’m Now the Man to Beat in Scrabble – Jighere

Reigning world English language scrabble champion, Wellington Jighere has said he will be the target of other Nigerian players at the next scrabble championship.

On November 8, the same day the Golden Eaglets won their fifth FIFA U17 World Cup; Nigeria’s Jighere beat 129 competitors including English man Lewis MacKay to win the world English language Scrabble Players’ Association Championship in Perth, Western Australia.

Speaking to Daily Trust, the graduate of University of Benin said although he is now a world champion, he is not done with national tournaments as he will keep competing against his compatriots.

Jighere said he needs nobody to tell him that he will be the man to beat at the next championship so he will not take anything for granted.

He said “Not really. I will continue to take part in national tournaments. I am the number one in Nigeria and I know that at the next tournament, I will be the man to beat.

“Everybody will like to ‘kill’ me to prove a point. Nigerians have this tradition of always dealing with anyone who has gone to win at the international level.

“So I am looking forward to being badly dealt with at the next tournament. I wouldn’t be surprised, if I am badly beaten by another Nigerian.”

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