Mr Eta Karo also known in Nigeria Scrabble circuit as the Malaysian Prince emerged top of the pack at the NSF/Total selection tournament for the 2018 World Scrabble Championships and Alchemist International coming up later this year. The five-day trials and selection camp held at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was sponsored by Total E&P Scrabble Club and facilitated by coaching crew of the Scrabble Federation.
Of the 22 invited players, 20 players eventually completed the 5-day series of 14 games tourneys. The winners of the series were Nsikak Etim (Day 1), Quickpen Ben (Day 2) and Eta Karo (Day 3, 4 and 5). Karo, garnered a cumulative 49.5 points with a margin of +2361 points to lead the pack after 70 games. In second place was former African Champion Etim Nsikan with 46 points and +2807 margin while Mr Moses Peter had 44 points and +2204 margin to finish in third.
The National Senior Team Coach of the Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF), Mr Ikolo Anthony has invited twenty-two players to 5-day training camp in Port-Harcourt. The camping in collaboration with Total E&P Scrabble Club, Port-Harcourt is part of the process to select the teams that will represent Nigeria at this year's Africa Scrabble Championships, World Scrabble Championships and the Alchemist Cup holding in Gambia, England and Malaysia respectively. The camping will be held between the 21st - 25th of May 2018 at Total E&P Staff Club, Ogoja Street Amadi Flats Old GRA, Port Harcourt. Rivers State.
The list of invitees include fifteen top-rated home-based players viz
Four (4) players were given wild cards
Three (3) players were invited based on outstanding performance in recent tournaments and club retreats. They are:
Players will be provided accommodation, feeding (at least 1 free meal/day) and tea breaks as necessary.
Arrival date is Sunday, May 20, 2018. All invited players are expected to come with their complete scrabble playing materials. In addition, all players are expected to have been licensed and of good behaviour with respect to constituted authorities.
Invited players have until May 18, 2018, to give their consent to participate to NSF Technical Director, Mallam Faruq Baba - Inna (08036207546) and the Coach Senior Team (08023361200).
The National Coach Senior Team, Anthony Ikolo acted as Technical Director and ensured that all games were entered using the standard format. There were youth players from Akwa Ibom, Edo and Rivers state. The children were well behaved and were very enthusiastic.
At the end 3 pupils (2 from Akwa-Ibom and 1 from Edo) qualified for the finals coming up in May at Lagos. They are Bassey Abasido (Akwa Ibom), Archibong Prestige (Akwa Ibom) and Ejenakevbe Ese (Edo).