In a pulsating Tamale derby, Real Tamale United (RTU) managed to secure a nail-biting 3-2 win over their city counterparts, Karela FC. The “Pride of the North,” RTU, was pitted against the formidable “Sawalli Boys” of Karela FC on matchday 5 at the Aliu Mahama Stadium in Tamale, Ghana.
The drama unfolded early in the match when Baba Kushebo unleashed a thunderous long-range strike, finding the back of Karela FC’s net in just the 8th minute. RTU took an early lead, setting the stage for an enthralling encounter.
Seizing the momentum, RTU’s Alhassan Mankuyeli doubled the lead in the 16th minute, sending the home crowd into a frenzy. The exhilarating contest continued as Afriyie Owusu successfully converted a penalty on the 49th minute, making it 3 goals for RTU. With a two-goal cushion, the hosts appeared to be in control.
However, Karela FC displayed their fighting spirit when Evans Adomako struck back for the visitors, slotting the ball into the net in the 29th minute. The goal injected new life into the match, and the Karela FC faithful began to hope for a comeback.
Their optimism was rewarded in the 80th minute when Alex Kufour capitalized on a close-range opportunity, scoring Karela FC’s second goal of the evening. The late surge from Karela FC set up a thrilling climax, with both teams pushing for a dramatic equalizer or a decisive winner.
A notable subplot of this encounter was the return of Coach Shaibu Tanko to face his former club, RTU, as the leader of Karela FC. Tanko’s experience and knowledge of his former team added an extra layer of intrigue to the already intense matchup.
In the end, RTU managed to hold on to their narrow lead, securing a 3-2 victory in front of their passionate home supporters. The result not only thrilled the local fans but also underlined the competitive nature of Ghana’s betPawa Premier League.
The Tamale derby proved once again that local rivalries in football can produce breathtaking and unforgettable moments. With RTU emerging as the victors in this fiercely contested match, they continue to be the “Pride of the North” and maintain their prideful reputation in Ghana’s footballing landscape.
By: Musah Abdul-Rahim