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History Made as Savelugu and Kumbungu Play 1-1: A Tale of Time-Tested Friendship

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In a remarkable display of camaraderie and sportsmanship, Savelugu and Kumbungu, two communities with a deep-rooted history of friendship, came together for a historic event that will be etched in the annals of Dagbon Kingdom’s history. The event, aimed at fostering the bonds of friendship between these two playmate communities, was a day of jubilation and unity, graced by the presence of several esteemed chiefs from across the region.

Massive attendance

Again, The central objective of this match, featuring two closely-knit communities, was to gather funds in support of the construction of a grand palace for the Overlord of Dagbon in Yendi. These two communities, Savelugu and Kumbungu, share a special bond as playmates.


The Aliu Mahama Stadium, a venue synonymous with unity and celebration, bore witness to this historic occasion on Saturday, October 7th, 2023. At the heart of this remarkable event was the illustrious figure of DJ Carlos, a popular DJ known for his dedication to bringing people together through music and entertainment. This first edition of what promises to be a longstanding tradition was conceptualized and brought to life through his unwavering commitment to strengthening the ties between these two communities.

The Over Lord of Dagbon, Yaa Naa Abukari II, recognized the significance of this event and ensured that his presence was felt, even if he couldn’t personally attend. He sent a representative to the Aliu Mahama Stadium, emphasizing the importance of unity and friendship in Dagbon Kingdom.


The highlight of the event was the soccer match that pitted Savelugu against Kumbungu. Both teams showcased their skills and sportsmanship, with an intense yet friendly rivalry that captivated the hearts of everyone in attendance. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, a testament to the equal strength and spirit of these two playmate communities.


Following the closely contested game, a symbolic gesture of unity took place. Instead of declaring a winner, the trophy was handed over to Nyab Pishigu Lana. This gesture signified that, in the spirit of friendship, both communities were winners, and the trophy would be held by Nyab Pishigu Lana until the next edition of this remarkable event.


The historic day at the Aliu Mahama Stadium was not just about the game but about the celebration of enduring friendship that has lasted for generations. Savelugu and Kumbungu have once again proved that the bonds of camaraderie and shared history are unbreakable, and this event will undoubtedly serve as a beacon of unity for future generations in Dagbon Kingdom.


A historic moment unfolded at the Aliu Mahama Stadium as a massive crowd gathered for the football match, and the attendance was remarkable.

By: Musah Abdul-Rahim

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