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Sports News of Friday, 29 May 2020


Today in history: Real Tamale United relegated from Ghana Premier League

RTU are still in the second tier of Ghana football RTU are still in the second tier of Ghana football

On this day 29 May 2011 (Exactly 9 years ago today) one of the olderst sides in the Ghanaian topflight competition, Real Tamale United was relegated after a 33-year stay in the elite division.

With just a game left to finish the 2010/2011 Ghana Premier League, RTU lost 1-0 at the Gyemfis Park to New Edubiase courtesy a goal from the penalty spot by Stephen Manu to confirm their place in the second tier of Ghana football.

On this day 29 May 2002 (Exactly 18 years ago today) Sepp Blatter swept back to power as president of FIFA in Seoul with a crushing election victory after a bitter year-long struggle that left football’s world governing body badly divided.

The then 66-year-old Blatter won a second four-year term with a landslide win over African candidate Issa Hayatou in a vote of the 53rd FIFA congress. Blatter polled 139 votes with Hayatou recording 56. The margin saw Blatter secure the two thirds majority necessary for victory in the first ballot.

“Many, many thanks. You cannot imagine what it means for me having been during months accused by a certain press of saying what a bad man I am,” said a jubilant Blatter seconds after the vote was announced.

“Let’s work together and let’s forget what’s happened in the past. We have to resore our unity and by that we will restore our credibility.

“Let’s go to the World Cup!” The vote represented personal vindication for the 66-year-old former Swiss lawyer who took over as FIFA chief prior to the World Cup finals in France four years earlier .