Before the start of the league season, it was not expectant on Tamale Steadfast FC to be in contention for the Premiership slot, but a resilient fortune faith has brought the Zebra boys this far.
Their first three games of the season had many writing them off from the title race, but little do they know the team was about launching their explosive weapons, which so far has been phenomenal.
In addition to their slow start, the team was also heat a big blow when their star player Abdul Fataw Issahaku was given a call up to the national U-20 team for an AFCON Championship in Mauritania. He was their star performer with three goals and four assist in three games, he also won three MVP awards before he left to Mauritania.
But after he left the team continued the fight in his absence and managed to win seven of their eight matches.
And just last week, they won a hard fought derby game against Real Tamale United, a team they have never record victory against.
They were occupying second position before this week’s fixtures, and with RTU 3-0 win over Gbewaa fc and leaders Berekum Arsenals also beating Nsoatreman FC by 3-0, they have now been pushed back to third.
They will have a chance to reclaim their place today with a win against relegation battling side Paga Crocodiles Stars who currently occupies the last spot in the group.
Coach Mohammed Gargo’s side has been solid in front of goal, but the coach should be worried of one of the leading scorers in the league Alhassan Siisu, who has failed to register his name on the score sheet since their 4-1 win against Kintampo FC at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium of which he was awarded the MVP in that game.
But with Abu Abdallah and Mohammed Sheriff in the team, there could be less worry as the two has also been doing well in front of goal.
Abdallah has scored four goals so far and Mohammed Sheriff who has been their rock at the back has also scored four goals.
Should they win against Paga Crocodiles today, their objective of ending the first round in first or second place will come to reality as their last game will be at home for which they have never disappoint.
Gargo’s men hopes to get a maiden qualification to the Ghanaian topflight this season, and they have every reason to believe in that.
By Saaka Yakubu Issah