-The Tamale Sports Stadium has officially been renamed as the Alhaji Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in honour of the late former vice president
-The renaming ceremony performed by Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia was graced by dignitaries including the former vice president's widow, Hajia Ramatu Mahama.
The Tamale Sports Stadium was has been renamed after former Vice President, the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama.
The stadium, built as one of the four used for the 2008 African Cup of Nations will now be known as the Alhaji Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium.
At the colourful event held in the Northern regional capital on Sunday, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia who performed the renaming ceremony praised the former vice president for his role in developing sporting talents in the region.
“He was immensely very influential in lifting Abedi Pele and many other sports men and women from obscurity to the limelight.”
“Alhaji Aliu Mahama is indeed a national hero and a sports icon. His achievements and deeds transcends space and time. His name is therefore immortalized by naming the Tamale Sports Stadium which after all he was instrumental in building it, and so it is only fair and just that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo will name this Stadium after him", he said.
Apart from this glowing tribute from Dr Bawumia, one thing that caught attention was the presence of the late vice president's wife, Hajia Ramatu Mahama who looked very beautiful.
Not much has been seen or heard from her in the public domain since the passing of her husband and it was refreshing to see her looking so pretty and happy.
Wearing a beautiful smile as she as she joined Dr Bawumia to acknowledge cheers from the crowd, it was obvious that the former second Lady was very pleased with the honour done her late husband.
Other dignitaries present at the ceremony included Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, Youth and Sports Minister, Issac Kwame Asiamah, and he Ghana Football Association (GFA) President, Kwesi Nyantakyi.
A match between players of the Southern and Northern sectors which was used to commemorate the occasion ended in 2-1 victory for the southerners.
The late Alhaji Aliu Mahama served as vice president during the entire duration of the J.A. Kufuor administration. He contested for the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) flagbearership in 2007 but lost to current president, Nana Akufo-Addo.
He died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra on November 16, 2012, from a heart-related condition. He was 66.
The late former vice president was sports enthusiast who helped to form the Real Tamale United (RTU) Football Club. He served on the club's board for several years before becoming a full time politician.
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