Ambitious Sporting Lagos enters into partnership with Danish club
NNL outfit Sporting Lagos has entered into a partnership with Danish third division side Aarhus Fremad after its owner Shola Akinlade secured a 55% stake in the Danish side. Floated just last year, the Lagos-based club has spread its tentacles outside the shores of the country.
The strategic partnership will ensure player development and movement between Sporting Lagos and Aarhus Fremad. The NNL side started its academy this year, and the project will be helped by the partnership with the Danish side, who are currently on top of the Second Division table and poised to gain promotion to the First Division, the second tier of Danish football. The club was founded in 1947 and last played in the top-flight in 1999.
Sporting Lagos owner Akinlade reiterated his desire to help his side progress as a community-based club and develop players while providing a platform for them to progress, and this was the reason for his decision to partner with the Danish club.
“I am truly honored and excited to embark on this new chapter with Aarhus Fremad and further our shared commitment to engaging and empowering local communities. By strengthening the relationship between Sporting Lagos and Aarhus Fremad, we aim to create an environment that fosters education, growth, and opportunity for our players and the community at large. I have the utmost confidence in Lars Kruse’s continued leadership as CEO, and together, we will strive to maintain the values and long-term goals that have made these clubs such a cherished part of their respective communities.”
Sporting Lagos started the 2023 NNL season with a win against Smart City FC before losing at home to Crown FC in their second match of the season. The club started operations in the 2021-22 NNL season, where they avoided relegation to the NLO. The Lagos-based club is following the system employed by NPFL outfit Remo Stars, whose owner also owns Portuguese club CD Feirense. The club has sent numerous talented players to clubs around Europe, as a result.