The pride of the north has started the second round brightly just as they did in the first round with an impressive 4-2 home victory over Kintampo FC at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium.
Coach Shaibu Tanko’s men were so determined to win the game here, knowing that a win could see them top the table after the league leaders Steadfast Fc went to Berekum to face off fellow premier league spot contenders Berekum Arsenals.
Real Tamale United last weekend couldn’t play their game against Techiman City as they refused to honour it, but the away team travelled to Wa and was awarded three points and three goals.
RTU had a fine start of the game with Abubakari Nawas opening the scoring in just three minutes after kickoff, and without given the visitors a chance to breath, Nawas double the lead on the ninth minute.
Kintampo FC tried not to look vulnerable to the home side with a counter exchange of fine moves, but it all went on vain as the home team hold on to their lead.
Baba Kushibo then put the score beyond reach by registering his name on the score sheet in the 42nd minute. The first half ended with the northerners leading by 3-0
Kintampo FC came back stronger in the second half with a high pressing game which resulted to the referee awarding them a penalty on the 60th minute. Abdulai Zubeiru converted the penalty to reduce their deficit.
They followed that penalty goal with another goal through Kassim when RTU goalkeeper failed to clear a back pass from his defender.
The tempo was rising with both teams trying to look good in front of goal. The loud shout by fans on their players to up their game was all over the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium, with disappointing faces from the home fans.
It was until the 78th minute that Frimpong killed the game with a goal of his dream, which relieved the tension on his team and the supporters.
There was six added minutes but there was little the away team could do to salvage themselves a point.
The win has taken RTU back to the top of the table with 36 points in 17 games, after Steadfast FC played a 1-1 draw against Berekum Arsenals at the Golden City Park.
Another great performance from the pride of the north, they will have every reason to believe in their chances of qualifying to the Premiership.
They have missed it, and the fans in Tamale and the Northern Region are yearning to watch a Premier League game in Tamale.
Coach Shaibu Tanko’s will hope his men up their game in their remaining fixtures to help secure them a spot in the Premiership next season.
By Saaka Yakubu Issah