Tamale City continue to search for their dream and remain in the middle of the Zone 1 League table after a stuttering goalless draw with Kintampo FC at the Aliu Mahama Sports stadium on Thursday.
Background talk, disjointed displays and poor results in this game have put the Tamale based side in the eye of a storm, but Thursday’s outstanding League tie offered the chance to divert some of the mounting focus.
Yet the Citizens’ worst start to a league campaign in the last three years would be compounded by a disappointing 0-0 draw against a Kintampo FC side with two defeats in their opening two opening games.
This was the first home draw for City, after beating Young Apostles last Saturday and losing to Nkoranza Warriors in the second week of the league, meaning scrutiny will only intensify ahead of Sunday’s visit to Nsoatreman FC.
This game was called off last Wednesday due to poor security arrangements and many had believed after that display against Young Apostles, their consistency would continue. However after their opening day defeat to RTU and a 3-0 thrashing by Paga Crocodile last weekend, Kintampo FC had other ideas.
Coach Issah Osman’s men were playing with renewed intensity, dominated the first half with decent chances but Prosper Gbeku denied Blessing Dana and Talautu Gariba as the away side pushed for the opener.
Hamza Mohammed plumped for three quick alterations after Saturday’s 2-0 win over Young Apostles and the changes initially seemed to work as Tamale City attacked with purpose and cohesion after recess.
But that promise soon faded. Prosper held onto a fizzing Sulkey Imurana strike as Kintampo FC grew into proceedings with sharp, quick passing.
City held firm and reduced the away side to hopeful attempts but were creating little themselves.
Sam Otis was adjudged best player in a frustrating first half but the striker failed to hit the back of the net after opening his account last week.
Next up for City is away to Nsoatreman FC while Kintampo FC welcomes joint league leaders, Wa Suntaa to the Rawlings Park.
By: Sey Mubarick