Featured Image: Uganda’s Linda Alyek (left) playing Zambia). Courtesy photo.
Uganda will host the 2020 East, Central and Southern Africa- ECASA- Scrabble Championship, it has been confirmed.
The development comes after Uganda finished third at the concluded event which was held at Baobab College in Lusaka, Zambia.
This will be the first time Uganda will be hosting the event since 2015 in Jinja when the side came second after Kenya.
This will be the fifth time Uganda will host ECASA after previous editions in 2007 (Muyenga), 2010 (Jovani hotel Bakuli), 2012 (Jovani Hotel Bakuli) and 2015 (Bilkon Hotel Jinja).
Uganda will seek to benefit from the home advantage as a big opportunity to win their first championship come next year.
“It is a big opportunity for us a federation and country at large,” noted Dr. Christopher Ntege who captains the team and doubles as the association president.
“Unlike in outside championship, many players don’t get a chance to travel due to limits ticket slots but since it will be at home, it will give many local players a chance to participate in and showcase their skills.”
Uganda Third, Kenya Dominate In Zambia
Kenya dominated proceedings in the three-day tournament to claim Gold while Zambia and Uganda settled for Silver and Bronze respectively.
The team was received by National Council of Sports, led by Bernard Ogwel who congratulated them for a wonderful achievement.
Ogwel, in his remarks confirmed that as Government, they will look to increase the federation’s budget following their achievements.
Rose Kisembo won the best lady prize, edging Kenya’s for the gong.
Kenya’s Patrick Nderitu beat off strong surge from Uganda’s Philip Mugisha and Edgar Odongkara to claim the individual prize.
It should be noted that the Scrabble Association of Uganda (SAU) was started in 2001.