13 December, 2011

Tamale Utrecht FC today fought from a goal down to win 2-1 against Jakpa Warriors in a difficult match played at the Salaga Park. The MTN FA cup match which was originally scheduled for the Tamale sport stadium was shifted to the fenceless Salaga park by the Northern Region Football Association with reasons best known to the RFA.

However TUFC accepted the challenge and travelled in the morning of the match through the rocky road to Salaga and was also cowed to play the match under bad pitch conditions.

The match started 15 minutes late due to the late arrival of the home team but was the first to score in the game after 20 minutes of proceedings. TUFC failed to equalize after recording misses from Alhassan Kalusha , Jafaru A. Somed and Iddrisu Osman.

In the second half TUFC made changes to the lineup bringing in Alidu Yakubu for Alhassan Kalusha and introducing Tahiru Benzema for Jafaru A. Somed. Also Adam A. Basit warmed into the game for Adam Ibrahim.

TUFC continued dominance over their host and continued to miss countless opportunities until striker Tahir Benzema’s kick rebounded for Iddrisu Osman to hit into the net for TUFC equalizer.

The visitors maintained their form at this stage and dominated play in search for the win. Petit dribbling wizard Alidu Yakubu’s efforts in the game was rewarded in the game when he run down the right flank to nod home a cross from Vincent Dey to seal a win for his side on the full time mark.

Coach  muazz choo said ‘ the substitutions we made were very good for us and that change our game to give us the win. We could have won on a wider margin but the qualification to the next round of the competition is what is desired.


Mubarik Jebdon -Issahaku A. Kadiri,Adam Ibrahim / Adam A. Basit, Ali Umar, Mohammed Alhassan – Yussif A. Basit ,Tuarik Musah, Iddrisu Osman, Alhassan Kalusha / Alidu Yakubu – Jafaru A. Somed / Tahiru Abdul Moomin, Vincent Dey.


Sulemana Firdaus-Mohammed Kassim, Mohammed Awal Issah -  Alhassan Salam, Alidu Yakubu - Adam A. Basit , Tahiru A. Moomin