The Vice President of Ghana Alhaj Dr. Mahamud Bawumia has donated GH₵ 100,000 to Real Tamale United (RTU) in support of the team’s premiership ambition as the second round of the Division One League resumes on Friday.
The donation is in respect of the promise made by the second gentleman of the land to ensure that the pride of the north makes a return to the Ghana Premier League after a long hiatus.
At a short ceremony at the team’s training session at the Nobisco field on Wednesday, a delegation from the office of the vice president led by Northern Regional Minister Alhaji Shani Alhassan Shaibu presented the amount of GH₵ 100,000 in cash to the board of Directors of the team for onward presentation to the management.
In an address prior to the presentation, Alhaji Shani said he has been a supporter of the team since his days at the Senior High School when he also played football but never had an opportunity to play for RTU. He cited the likes of Alhaj Mohammed Abdulai Choo, Alhaj Ahmed Dawoud who is now the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the team, Mohammed Gargo and Abedi Ayew Pele as notable national stars who have played for RTU in the past. He charged the current crop of players the team to emulate these notable names and also aspire to higher heights. The Northern Regional Minister used the opportunity to call for unity of purpose among the rank and file of the team to realize the dream of qualifying into the premier league this year. Alhaj Shani said he was privileged to have assumed office as chief patron of RTU at the time the team is fighting tooth and nail to return to where they belong in Ghana football and called on other patrons to contribute their quota in realizing this dream.
The Regional Minister also took the opportunity to announce that kit sponsors Macron have indicated their zeal to partner RTU but were expecting the team to pay a commitment fee of GH₵ 30,000. To this end, he added that northerners at the office of the vice president had collectively agreed to foot this bill. He mentioned them as Alhaj Sumaila, Dr. Alolo (son of board member Alhaj Alhassan Alolo) and one Dr. Kabiru among others.
The Northern Regional Minister handed over the cash of GH₵ 100,000 to board member Alhaj Alhassan Alolo who together with interim board chairman Alhaj Sherif Savana represented the board at the ceremony.
The delegation from the vice president’s office included Alhaj Sumaila in charge of operations at the vice president’s office and Alhaj Akbar who is political advisor at the vice president’s office.
Also present at the ceremony was the Regional Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Alhaj Abdul Rashid COP.
In a short thank you message to the vice president, interim board chairman of RTU Alhaj Sherif Savana took the opportunity to charge supporters to be law abiding so as not to get the team banned from their home grounds in Tamale. He ended his address by calling on the supporters chairman Alhaj Baba Issah to take control of the supporters’ front and ensure that they remain in support of the team’s qualification drive.
The team’s management who were present included CEO Alhaj Ahmed Dawuod (aka Jato), Mr. George Mutawakilu and PRO of the team Sey Mubarak.
The technical team led by Coach Ibrahim Shaibu Tanko in his short statement also assured the vice president’s delegation of the player’s determination to secure the only ticket available in Zone One.
Captain of the team Abdulai Mohammed Hardi on behalf of the players expressed delight in the donation saying it will motivate them in their quest to bring RTU back to the premiership.