Ex-Division One League chairman Ntow Fianko condemns Real Tamale United's player impersonation scandal

Published on: 14 June 2024

Former chairman of the Division One League Board, Ntow Fianko, has strongly criticized the recent player impersonation incident involving relegated Real Tamale United (RTU) in their outstanding week 28 game against Dreams FC.

The incident occurred when RTU players boycotted the match due to six months of unpaid salary.

Real Tamale United fielded different players in the game but listed the names of their boycotting players on the match sheet.

This deceptive move has led to official charges being filed against RTU and some of its officials by the Ghana Football Association.

"This one they are not RTU players they are second division players we are playing Premier League competitive league with one match to the final match it is not that no RTU player produced their card or they have a red card and won't play," he told Peace FM as monitored by Footballghana.com

"This is something that hasn't happened before it is very very bad and nobody should defend it. Second division players we are playing Premier League what are they doing as RTU players they are not suspended RTU players or they face a card and is unqualified to play that match this to all intends and purpose they are not eligible in anyway under the law to don jersey of RTU and go and play the match.

"These are players when you go to FA RTU doesn't have any legal connection that they should play in the Premier League it is a serious matter,"

Dreams FC took full advantage of the situation, thrashing Real Tamale United 8-1 in the outstanding week 28 fixture. This is not the first time RTU players have threatened to boycott a match in the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League season due to unpaid salaries.

Real Tamale United, who have already been relegated from the top flight, have had a chaotic season both on and off the pitch. They are set to play Accra Great Olympics in their final game of the season.