What Sporting Lagos will 'gain' from sister club Aarhus Fermad

What Sporting Lagos will 'gain' from sister club Aarhus Fermad

Izuchukwu Akawor 13:59 - 29.03.2023

NNL side Sporting Lagos is set to join forces with Aarhus Fermad after billionaire owner Shola Akinlade became the majority stakeholder at the Danish club.

NNL club Sporting Lagos are the latest Nigerian outfit set to enjoy a rewarding partnership with a European side after becoming a sister club to Aarhus Fermad.

This development was sealed after club owner, Shola Akinlade, completed the takeover of Danish side Fermad.

As reported by Pulse Sports Nigeria, Akinlade, the co-founder of IT company, Paystack, bought a 55% stake in the Danish second division side to become the majority stakeholder.

With this, Sporting have become a sister club to Fermad with both clubs set for a longer partnership in future.

Why Fermad?

According to a director at the Danish side, Nigerian IT billionaire, Akinlade was looking for a club to invest in and Fermad was recommended to him by an associate.

Lars Kruse, the club director, noted that the 38-year-old football lover wanted a European side that can act as a sister club to his project in Nigeria where players can have the chance to visit.

"He has chosen to say that with some of the money he has earned, he wants to start his football team," Kruse said per stiften.

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Shola Akinlade acquires Danish club Aarhus Fremad.

"He sees football a bit as we do in Fremad - as a platform for experiences where you can do something for the society around us."

"He wants a sister club in Europe so that his players down there have an opportunity to come to Europe in time. But it won't be like we've seen with other multi-club ownerships, where a lot of players come right away."

"It will be business as usual in Fremad, where the players who may come up to us at some point are 14-15 years old today."

What Sporing will gain

Established just a year ago, Sporting is an outfit that currently competes in the Nigerian second tier, NNL.

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But according to Kruse, the club owner (Akinlade) is quite ambitious and has invested in the Danish because of his lofty plans for their Nigerian sister club.

"The agreement is that we at Fremad will help Sporting (Lagos) build some sporting principles and set up an academy," Kruse added.

"We focus more on helping to create a good club down there and thereby some players than we focus on developing actual players - it comes second and is a by-product."