The Tamale Sports Stadium is officially now ALIU MAHAMA SPORTS STADIUM after it was renamed on Sunday 11th December, 2017 by Vice President of the Republic of Ghana Dr. Mahamud Bawumia. At a colourful ceremony in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the passing of Ghana’s longest serving Vice President till date Alhaji Aliu Mahama, the current Vice President enumerated the huge contributions made by the late Aliu Mahama to sports developments in the north in particular and the nation at large.
The ceremony was attended by dignitaries from the diverse political divides in Ghana, coaches, former players, school children among others.
In a commemorative match to mark the renaming, Southern Sector 11 defeated Northern Sector 11 by 2-1 to lift the Alhaji Aliu Mahama Memorial Cup.
Medeama SC’s Kwesi Donsu scored for the Southern Sector 11 with a brilliant volley in the 17th minute of the game in the first half.
In the 48th minute of the second half, Asante Kotoko striker Saddick Adams equalised for the Northern Sector 11 with a fine finish. This means Saddick Adams has scored four goals in two matches at the stadium after bagging a hat-trick for Kumasi Asante Kotoko when they defeated Hearts of oak 3-1 in the MTN FA Cup finals back in October.
The Northern Sector 11 were guilty of missing decent chances and were made to pay for their profligacy as Hearts of Oak striker Kwame Kizito restored Southern Sector 11’s lead after he was given a through ball by fellow phobian, Patrick Razak.
Current Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia said the renaming of the stadium is to honour the late Vice President of Ghana, Alhaji Aliu Mahama for his selfless contribution to the development of sports.
For their prize, the Southern Sector 11 side were handed a giant trophy and a cash amount of GHC 50,000.
The game which was played at the newly christened Alhaji Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium was the final event used to commemorate the five years departure of the late Vice President and the renaming of the beautiful Tamale edifice.
The Tamale Sports Stadium was built back in 2007 when Ghana was preparing to host the rest of Africa in the African Cup of Nations Tournament in 2008.