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Bayern Munich Legend Explains Why He Bought a Stake in Ghana Premier League Club
- Lothar Matthaus has revealed why he acquired a stake in Ghana Premier League side Accra Lions
- Accra Lions FC are now partly owned by Franck Acheampong, Oliver Koenig and Matthaus
- The Accra-based side are just in their second season in the Ghana Premier League
Former FIFA World Player of the Year, Lothar Matthaus has revealed that he bought a stake in Ghanaian top-flight club Accra Lions to contribute to the development of Ghanaian football
Together with business partners Oliver König, a former German player agent, and former Ghanaian international Frank Acheampong, Matthaus is keen to develop talent in West Africa and open up a route to Europe for young players.
The official announcement of the purchase took place in Accra on Tuesday, May 23.
According to Transfermarkt, Accra Lions are valued at $2 million, although details of the level of Matthäus' personal investment have not been disclosed.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony held at the Kempinski Hotel, Matthaus, a World Cup winner, shared his motivation behind the move.
"I like to spend all my time in football. I want to give back to the community," he explained.
"Recognizing his wealth of experience, the former FIFA World Player of the Year and World Cup winner expressed his willingness to support and guide the team. "We know football a bit longer than you, so you can always come to me or anyone else in the team," he added.
With Matthaus's invaluable experience and the combined expertise of the ownership group, Accra Lions are poised to make waves both domestically and on the international stage.
Accra Lions are currently enjoying their second season in the Ghana Premier League, and have playing some of the best football in the league. With three games to go, they are set for a mid-table finish.
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