Buhari congratulates Nigeria’s world scrabble champions, Falconets

scrabblePRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari was on the phone on Sunday to Perth, Australia, where he felicitated with a Nigerian, who has emerged World Scrabble Champion, the first ever from Africa.

The President also congratulated Nigeria’s Falconets for their feat in defeating their South African counterparts, thus qualifying for the Women U-20 World Cup.

Wellington Jighere, 36,  defeated Lewis Mackay of Cambridge, England, by 448 points to 426 to win the championship which was competed for by 450 players from round the world.

A statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina in Abuja quoted the President as saying, “I called to rejoice with you over your performance. You have done the country proud, and we are very happy. Please, pass my congratulations to other members of Team Nigeria.”

Jighere was delighted at the phone call from the President, and pledged to bring more glory to his fatherland. The five other Nigerian representatives finished among the top 50 scrabble players in the world bracket.

Shortly after President Buhari got off the phone, news got to him that the Under-20 female football team, the Falconets, have qualified for the Women’s World Cup Tournament after beating the Basetsana of South Africa by a lone goal in an away game.

The Falconets had walked a tight rope after scraping just a 2-1 win over South Africa in Nigeria two weeks ago. With the away goal counting double rule, all that South Africa needed today was a single goal, but the Nigerian girls turned the table.
“This is a clear case of the indomitable Nigerian spirit. Such will soon be evident in all aspects of our national life,” President Buhari said.



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