Real Tamale United players, owner, stadium, trophies, world rankings

Real Tamale United players, owner, stadium, trophies, world rankings

Kevin Omuya
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:56 PM

Did you know that football clubs can be forced to participate in the lower leagues despite their squad’s talents and skills? Real Tamale United players were in a top-flight league in 2013 because of mismanagement and financial troubles. However, they achieved their target due to massive support and strong financial backing. Find out more facts about the team here.

Real Tamale United
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A Premier League returnee, RTU has stormed the local transfer market, bringing in some household names. The Aliu Mahama-based club snatched dramatic late qualification in the final round of matches in the national division one league. They have since identified 14 new faces to lead the club in the 2021/22 GHPL season. RTU joined two other teams in the promotion to the topflight league.

Real Tamale United FC profile summary

  • Full name: Real Tamale United
  • Founded: 1976
  • Colours: White, Blue and Black
  • Federation: CAF
  • Head coach: Ibrahim Anyars Tanko
  • Captain: David Sandan Abagna
  • Most capped player:
  • Stadium: Aliu Muhama
  • Instagram: @realtamaleunitedsc
  • Twitter: @RTUfcOfficial
  • Total market value: $1.9 Million

Real Tamale United FC history

RTU is a football club headquartered in Tamale, Ghana's Northern Region, was founded in 1976. The team was relegated to the second division in the Ghana Football Leagues from Division One League in 2013–14. However, the history of Real Tamale united was relinquished when they were promoted to the top-tier league after winning their final match against Unity FC.

Who is Real Tamale FC's captain?

David Sandan Abagna, a midfielder, has signed a three-year contract with the newly-promoted club RTU. Abagna scored twice for his former club AshantiGold in the FA Cup, assisting the competition's finals. Here is the detailed summary of the team's captain.

Profile summary

  • Full name: David Sandan Abagna
  • Date of birth: September 9, 1998
  • Age: 23 (as of 2022)
  • Place of birth: Ghana
  • Nationality: Tamale, Ghana
  • Height in inches: 5'6"
  • Height in centimetres: 170
  • Position(s): Attacking Midfielder
  • Current team: Real Tamale United FC

Who is Real Tamale United FC's coach?

Ibrahim Tanko has a solid reputation as a coach, having worked in Germany, Japan, Denmark, and Cameroon. His first job came in 2007 when he was named Under-17 Coach of SC Freiburg. Here is the profile summary of the team's coach.

Profile summary

  • Full name: Ibrahim Anyars Tanko
  • Date of birth: July 25, 1977
  • Age: 44 (as of 2022)
  • Place of birth: Kumasi, Ghana
  • Nationality: Ghana
  • Height in inches: 5'11"
  • Height in centimetres: 180
  • Twitter: @itanko25
  • Net worth: $1.5 Million

Who is the current Real Tamale United squad?

Here is the complete list of Real Tamale United players in 2021. The squad consists of signed players in 2021, with Saddick Alhassan set to join from Karela United FC.

Real Tamale United players
RTU squad before their match against Karela United on January 2022 at Tamale Stadium. Photo: @RTUOfficial
Source: Twitter


  • Osei Yaw
  • Emmanuel Essandoh
  • Mubarik Some


  • Yussif Mohammed Nuru Deen
  • Mathew Abayase
  • Samuel Bawa
  • Abdul Fatawu Sayibu


  • Moro Iddrisu
  • Baba Kushibo
  • Dankwa Stephen Badu
  • Mustapha Fuseini
  • Hafiz Abdulai
  • Prince Atta Antwi
  • Listowel Amankona
  • Mohammed Muntala Abuba
  • Osman Abu Naim


  • Labandoo Abdulai
  • Martin Akolgo
  • Kwame Boakye
  • Ishmael Nketiah

Real Tamale United FC Stadium

Real Tamale United players, owner, stadium, players, trophies, world rankings
Aliu Muhama Stadium before RTU match against the Oaks. Photo: @RealTamaleUnited
Source: Facebook

The Tamale Sports Stadium is a multifunctional stadium in Tamale, Ghana, primarily used for football matches and serves as a venue for other sporting events. The Sports Stadium was renamed Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in honour of the late Aliu Mahama, Ghana's former Vice President.

RTU plays at the Tamale Sports Stadium, a multipurpose stadium. The stadium, which hosted several matches at the 2008 African Cup of Nations, has a capacity of approximately 21,000 seats and was built by the Shanghai Construction Group of China in 2008.

Real Tamale United FC achievements

The team participated in Confederation of African Football competitions. In the three appearances, they managed to play up to the first round in 1992 and 1998.

Real Tamale United FC trophies

RTU won Ghana Telecom Gala Cup in 1997-98 and GN Bank Division One League in 2015-16.

Real Tamale United management

RTU appointed Mr Kassim Perez as its new Chief Executive Officer. The club has qualified for and been promoted to the elite Ghana Premier League, and it is strengthening its governance, management, technical team, and playing squad.

Mr Kassim Perez brings a wide range of skills to the post, having been one of the RTU legends between 1977 and 1980 before leaving the nation pursuing other chances. But, he says,

“I foresee RTU as one of Ghana’s leading football clubs with the most exciting national soccer brand. I will do that by entrenching RTU in the top four of Ghana’s premier league. That is my mission. My goal is to build RTU into an outstanding, formidable soccer brand among the top four clubs in the Ghana Premier League within three years."
“I will achieve this goal through efficient and forward-looking management. Of course, it has to be with the support of a responsive board and a robust budget. These must be complemented by a proficient technical team of highfliers, highly-motivated players, and a loyal fan base. Barring any mishaps, this goal should be a reality.”

Real Tamale United FC world rankings

Real Tamale United players
Welcome to The Pride Of The North. Issah Kuka, Victor Aidoo, Bismark Adu, Rashid Alhassan at Aliu Muhama Stadium on February 12, 2022. Photo: @RealTamaleUnited.
Source: Facebook

The team is ranked 50 in the country, 549 in the continent, and 2575 globally.

Social media presence

The Real Tamale United FC Instagram account is @realtamaleunitedsc with 487 followers and @RTUfcOfficial with 5.6k followers on Twitter as of February 2022. Real Tamale United news is primarily posted on their social media accounts.

Real Tamale United players face stiff competition in the league. In the Real Tamale United table, the team is ranked 14th out of 18 teams. They have a poor overall record in the Ghana Premier League, with 5 wins, 5 draws, and 8 losses. Real Tamale's results today depicts a winning percentage of 28. Real Tamale's home records include four wins, four draws, and one defeat.

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Kevin Omuya is a Content Writer with 4 years of experience who joined Sports Brief in 2022. In 2019 he held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Digital Media from KCA University.