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Tamale City fails to qualify for the GPL yet again

Tamale City have failed to qualify to the Ghana Premier League (GPL) yet again after loosing 2-1 to Nsoatreman FC on Tuesday at the play off for Division One League Zone One at the Accra Sports Stadium.

After a goalless first half in which Tamale City was the better team, it was Nsoatreman who broke the deadlock on 56minutes but Tamale City quickly pulled level on 68minutes after Abega Ofosu scored from the penalty spot.

The score remained 1-1 after 90minutes and the game travelled to the extra time. Nsoatreman FC scored again on 99minutes to make it 2-1 which proved to be the final result. Coach Hamza Mohammed’s side tried as hard as they could but could not draw level until the full time in extra time.

The result means Nsoatreman FC will play in the Ghana Premier League next season.

This is the third time Tamale City have failed in their attempts to qualify to the Ghana’s elite football competition. In their first season in 2018 after its transformation from Guan United to Tamale City, the team was top of the league table when the Anas Aremeyaw Anas expose into corruption in Ghana football titled Number12 was premiered. The league was subsequently abandoned for investigations.

In the second season in 2019, the Golden Eagles were in contention yet again for qualification to the GPL when the Covid19 pandemic struck. The league was truncated as a result.

The Citizens have been top of the Division One League Zone One almost all season and were tied on 71points each with Nsoatreman FC after the match day 30 games were played and there was a tie again in the head-to-head between the two teams since they each won 1-0 in their respective home matches, hence the play off.

Tamale City were the highest scoring team with 62goals in those 30matches with about fourteen different scorers and Yahaya Mohammed leading with 17goals.

Tamale City will have to get back to the drawing board to regroup and go again next season.

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