Tamale based Division One League side, Guan United are now officially, TAMALE CITY FC. The new name was disclosed at a short ceremony at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium on Wednesday to unveil a new name and a partnership for the future of the club.
This comes after the club was recently acquired by former bank of Ghana governor Dr. Issahaku Abdul Nashiru and brother of former president John Mahama, Ibrahim Mahama with original owner Alhaji Mohammed Nurudeen Jawula still holding on to his club albeit a paltry share of 10% of the stake in the club.
According to the new owners, Dr. Issahaku Nashiru will now control 50% of the shares of the club whilst Ibrahim Mahama has a 40% share.
At the news conference to announce the deal, Allhaji M.N.D. Jawula explained the reasons why he decided to allow the partnership to be carried out. He said, he had done a lot of consultation and thinks that such a partnership will bring premier league football back to Tamale.
For his part, now majority shareholder, Dr. Nashiru said he decided to join the club because of his belief in football as a developmental tool for the north.
Other personalities lined up to manage the club include board secretary of Real Tamale United (RTU), Mr.Jones Abu Alhassan who was also present at the launch.
Guan United is the oldest Division One club in Tamale and was formerly called Lepo Stars. The team has played in the second tier of Ghana football for over a decade now. They have played in the defunct middle league on three occasions without success.