GPL PREVIEW: RTU plotting a win against Legon Cities in Accra

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RTU in a warm-up session
RTU in a warm-up session

One week down out of 34 in the Ghana Premier League season and we have already had some stellar action, with the league’s elite making some real statements, both good and bad.

Match week 2 offers a solid slate of fixtures, headlined by an important second match for Coach Shaibu Ibrahim Tanko’s side against a difficult Legon Cities squad.

Real Tamale United will be aiming to build on their 1-1 opening day draw with Olympics in the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League season when they play as guest to Legon Cities at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The newly-promoted Pride of the North are making a return to the top flight of Ghana Football after eight years in the wilderness of Division One. Coach Shaibu Ibrahim Tanko’s side has shown a fearless attitude in their first game despite playing against Great Olympics last Sunday. The team is building on that momentum to be one of the most exciting teams to watch in the top flight.

RTU went toe-to-toe against giants Great Olympics but were denied the three points by a motivated and experienced side. Some sections believed a new beginning at the club would do Coach Tanko a world of good, but the Director of Sports at the University For Development Studies, UDS affirmed his stance to be committed to the RTU project.

Is the first meeting between the pair but after that splended display last week, Shaibu Ibrahim Tanko will be pleased with the spirit displayed by his men in the come back draw in Tamale.

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Winger Ronald Frimpong is pushing for start after his impressive performances when he came on as a substitute against Olympics. Ismeal Nketiah and Francis Effah have all been ruled out.

Coach Tanko may set up RTU in their usual 3-5-2 formation with intense pressing and high-energy football principles. David Abagna will take his regular place in midfield alongside Sadat Mohamed and Moro Iddrisu. The former Ashgold’s ball-playing ability is key to the team’s direct style of play, with his long balls to Frimpong last week proving very effective.

By: Sey Mubarick

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