By Felix Frimpong
As promised on its campaign trail, the New Patriotic Party [NPP] has renamed the Tamale Sport Stadium to Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium.
Speaking at the renaming ceremony on Sunday, December 10, 2017 Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia described the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama as sports icon, a national hero, and someone who devoted himself to the development of sports.
“His achievements and deeds transcend space and time. His name is therefore immortalized by naming the Tamale Sports Stadium which after all he was instrumental in building it.
“It is only fair and just Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will name this stadium for him,” Dr. Bawumia stated.
The 21,017 capacity stadium Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium served as one of the hosting venues during the AFCON 2008 tournament.
The first AFCON game played at the stadium witnessed a 2-2 drawn game between Tunisia an Senegal. Issam Jemaa [Tunisia] is the first player to score a goal at the then Tamale Sports Stadium [9th minute].
The Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium was the venue for Group D which has countries such as Tunisia, Angola, Senegal, and South Africa.
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