The nerve-racking Division One League tie between Real Tamale United (RTU) and Tamale City FC (TCFC) ended in a 1-1 draw on Sunday at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale.
Isaac Appiah opened the scores for RTU in the first half after a misplaced pass by Tamale City FC goalkeeper put him through on goal.
In the second half Nurudeen Alhassan headed home from a free kick to level the scores and ensure that the points were shared.
The build-up had been marred by threats and verbal war of words between supporters of both teams. This all started after a letter emerged within the week from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) requesting for adequate security for the match. Initial suspicions from the RTU front suggested it had been written by Tamale City FC. But the leadership of Tamale City FC later denied any knowledge about it.
Then came the pre-match technical meeting where some supporters reportedly went there with cutlasses and destroyed some tables with the report indicating their aim was to scare the officials on the day.
The match itself did not disappoint follows of the game as a display of skills, tactics and agility was displayed by both teams.
The end however brought in an ugly and condemnable assault of a colleague journalist Abdulai Shaibu Terry during a post-match interview with RTU coach Ibrahim Tanko. According to Shaibu Terry, the supporter who requested for him to be beaten was Alabani. After this, one Abdul Rahaman Baiz swept him to the floor with his legs whilst another tried snatching his recorder.
After all these scuffle, some good meaning supporters of RTU and some technical team members of Tamale City came around to restore calm.
The said supporters accused Shaibu Terry of bias towards RTU on a sports show at Diamond FM in the build up to the game when he said “Tamale City had prepared better than RTU” in the build up to the game.
Later, the supporters chairman and some others confronted Terry to apologise to him for what he had gone through.
Meanwhile, outside the stadium, supporters of RTU hooted at Mr. Jones Abu Alhassan who is a board secretary of the club and now Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tamale City FC. Some words picked up in their rants were: “hypocrite”, “thief”, “bastard” among others.
On the Diamond English Premier League Show on Sunday, the respective CEOs of the two teams had called for calm among their various supporters.
In a match that was watched by the chairman of the Division One League Board, Owuahene Acheampong, one would have expected a better behavior from our supporters.
However, events at the end of the day were not very pleasing to watch. The Diamond FM sports team will condemn vehemently any act of assault or brutality on any journalists in the line of duty. It therefore becomes imperative that Shaibu Terry, who was on our platform and has suffered this fate, deserves our support and those acts of violence are highly condemnable.
Other results in Zone One are:
Wa Suntaa 1-0 BA United
Steadfast 0-0 Berekum Arsenal
Techiman City 3-2 Paga Crocodiles
Bofoakwa 3-1 NEA Salamina
Unity FC 1-0 Nkoranza Warriors
Kintampo FC 1-0 Young Apostles
Nsuatreman 1-0 Gbewaa FC