…Eight girls within touching distance for the precious medal in the singles event
By Maxwell Kumoye
Nine players in the boys singles category are still in the reach for a podium finish in the scrabble event at the ongoing 7th Nigeria National Youth Games (NYG) in Asaba the Delta State capital, South South of Nigeria.
Aliu Abdulqudus of Kwara State who is yet to drop a game after 7 rounds and with fat cumulative points of plus 1122 is leading the group of nine. On Aliu Abdulqudus’s heels are the trio of Pereowei Edide from Bayelsa, Imode Clinton of Delta State and Kwara’s Sufyan Boluwatife, they are on 6 wins each.
Pereowei Edide has 939 cumulative points, Imode Clinton is on 877 while Sufyan Boluwatife has 853 cumulative points.
Onazi Saviour representing Niger State with 5 wins and a plus 775 cumulative points is in the company Ejenakevbe Ese of Edo, Ibrahim-lawal Ahmid of Oyo, Demilade Lawrence from the Gateway State, Ogun and Lagos boy, Akhabue Philip all on 5 wins each but separated by cumulative points.
Bayelsa’s August Shannon and Khalid Olosun of Kwara State chances of finishing in the medal bracket are very faint but not impossible. The duo have a healthy cumulative points but have only 4 wins after 7 rounds of games just like 8 other players in the boys singles category which ends today.
Chukwuemeka Victoria, Nwabuzor Joy and Dada Oluwaferanmi are the front runners in the girls singles category with 6 wins each from a possible 7.
Chukwuemeka Victoria in the colours of Anambra has plus 849 cumulative points, Edo State Nwabuzor Joy is on 813 while Dada Oluwaferanmi from the poorly kitted Ekiti State contingent has gathered 502 cumulative points from her 6 victories.
Michael Cynthia from Anambra, with 5 wins and a draw sits on the fourth spot on the table at the end of Day 1 of competition in the scrabble event.
Four other girls, Kwara’s Balqees Ajao, Abdullahi Hauwa of Plateau State, Bassey Beulah of Akwa Ibom and Kwara’s Olojoku Hadiyah have recorded 5 wins each while Ekeruche Sophia from Lagos State has 4 wins and a draw with a 446 cumulative points.
Sakariyau Haleema, Osoba Anjola and Ubanmmayie Catherine as well as seven other girls are in the chasing pack with 4 wins each.
70 players from 17 States representing all the 6 Sporting Zones of the Federation are competing for honours in 7 categories in the scrabble event of the ongoing 7th National Youth Games in Asaba, Delta State.