Former FIFA World Player of the Year and World Cup winner, Lothar Matthaus, has bought the majority shares in Ghana Premier League side, Accra Lions.
The Accra-based side is said to be worth about €6 million and will jointly be owned by football agent, Oliver König from Frankfurt and Ghanaian footballer Frank Acheampong.
The official announcement of the purchase took place in Accra on Tuesday, May 23.
In attendance were Oliver Konig, Matthaus and the club’s technical director, Ibrahim Tanko.
President of the Ghana Football Association, Kurt Okraku, was also present at the event alongside the General Secretary of the PFAG, Anthony Baffoe.
In an interview with Bild, Lothar Matthäus spoke highly about the talented pool of players stationed in Ghana, which informed his decision to invest in the country.
“Of course it’s a business model. Ghana has always had huge potential for talent, you can see that in the national team,” he said.
“We want to bring young players to Europe. In a serious way and already well trained. That’s why we’re also investing in the training ground here.”
Following his retirement from professional football, Matthaus worked as a trainer in Austria, Serbia, Montenegro, Brazil and Israel from 2001 to 2011.
The Premier League side have been a strong force since gaining promotion to the Premier League two seasons ago.
They currently occupy the ninth position on the Ghana Premier League table, nine points behind league leaders, Medeama Sporting Club
Source : myjoyonline