The Airpopper Scrabble team have indicated their preparedness to mount a serious challenge for the title in the 2020 edition of the MGI Scrabble Premier League by being the first to unveil their squad for next season.
The unveiling of the team early this week barely few days after the conclusion of the 2019 season, appears to underline the ambition and the readiness of the ‘Poppers’ who finished third behind Brainiacs and Blazers in 2019
Most of the players that participated in the recently concluded season including former national champion Olatunde Oduwole, David Webber Ogedengbe, Hakeem Olaribigbe, Igbinadolor Negro and James Ewruje retained their seats.
Team Manager Adegbesan ”The Sheikh” Koyejo disclosed to MGI Media that his desire to upset the apple cart in the coming season encouraged him to go across West Africa to acquire the services of a Ghana-based player Stanley Ubeidi who came third at the 2016 Nigeria Scrabble Players Competition.
Meanwhile, in a related development, organisers of the League have called on interested sponsors of scrabble teams to indicate their interest ahead of the September 30 deadline.
The deadline was informed by the desire of Mindgames Incorporated to build on the successes of last season.
To this end, sponsors according to a statement made available to MGI Media, are expected to indicate their expression of interest (EOI) in writing to the organisers before the deadline.
12 teams have so far signified their interest in participating in Division A of the 2020 edition of the league.
They include AIRPOPPER, BLAZERS, BRAINIACS, BULLDOZERS, GRACIOUS PICKERS, HURRICANES, and INDOMITABLES.
Others are LEKKI BOMBERS, OLOWOYEYE PREDATORS, PHOENIX, SUPREME AND TEKENA DRONES.
In Division B, five teams have so indicated their participation including AIRPOPPER B, BRAINIACS B, ARIES, UNDERDOGS and WARRIORS.
An improved cash prize of seven million naira will be contested for in the 2020 MSPL with the Division A winners guaranteed a sum of N1.5 million naira while the top team in the newly introduced Division B will get one million naira.
Team Blazers created history in the just concluded season by emerging the inaugural champions of the MGI Scrabble Premier League and winning a cash prize of one million naira in the process.