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10.10.2008 Football News

Daggers Drawn At Three Board Members - Jones Dismisses Claims

The raging conflict in the camp of Real Tamale United appears to have taken turn for the worst as the club's major sponsor, Wienco, looks set to part ways with the club after nearly a decade of partnership.##m:[Read more]##

Wenco has since last year been sustaining RTU with a monthly GH¢7,500 and had agreed to increase it to GH¢12,000 and support the club's off-season recruitment with GH¢200,000, but the new deal has been the source of disagreement between the board and the supporters of the club.

According to Mr Jones Alhassan-Abu, Accra representative of the club and board secretary, the sponsors gave the club a two-week ultimatum to decide on the new arrangement regarding the management of the club or it would pull out of the sponsorship deal.

Reacting to various allegations particularly levelled against him and Mr Adam Munkaila, Alhassan-Abu revealed that following the disagreement over the decision by the sponsors to include him and Mr. Munkaila on the new management, the board of the club agreed on a compromise management team for the club for the approval of the management's approval.

He said Wienco was yet to respond to that arrangement.

He described as misleading the attempt by the feuding party to describe the new arrangement proposed by Wienco as a sell out of the club and asked those opposing the deal whether there is a better alternative which could sustain the club and make it survive the turbulence.

He disclosed that he contrived the deal to enhance the sponsorship and wrest the club from the fringes, saying for a very long time RTU which since 1978 was often classified among the Top Four bracket of the elite division in Ghana now struggle to escape relegation.

Alhassan-Abu said for the first time in its 30 year's as an elite club, RTU under the deal was going to have the financial muscle to sign some top Premier players instead of relying on colts and rather unsung players.

“For somebody involved in the management of the game for close to 15 years, I have realised that the old ways of managing the club, as those opposing the deal would want us to hold onto, will only hasten the demise of the club soon, that is why I made that proposal to Wenco”, he stated.

He said the club's current board is made up of great men of intergrity with an impeccable record of proven ability who wouldn't have consented if the deal was a bogus one.

He named some of them as Lepowura Alhaji MND Jawula, Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni, a prominent lawyer and a former running mate to Professor John Atta Mills, and some high calibre professionals who could never be cajoled by him.

Story by Andy Quao