The Tamale Sports Stadium in Tamale, Ghana, has been renamed as the Alhaji Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium.

The venue has been named in honour of Alhaji Aliu Mahama, a former politician who passed away in November 2012, Mahama was vice-president of Ghana from January 2001 to January 2009 and spent a significant part of his political career supporting the development of sport in the country.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who now serves as vice-president of Ghana, yesterday (Sunday) led a special ceremony to rename the stadium, on behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

According to the GhanaSoccernet website, Bawumia paid tribute to the impact that Mahama had on sports in Ghana, particularly in the northern part of the country.

“On behalf of the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, this stadium is officially named Alhaji Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium,” Bawumia said

“This is in fulfilment of a campaign promise by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to rename the stadium after the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama should luck Don on the NPP to win power in the 2016 General Elections.”

Bawumia also praised Mahama for the work he did to support Real Tamale United, a football team that plays its home matches at the stadium. Mahama served as chairman of the club and a board member, and also purchased United’s first-ever official team bus.

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