Dangote inches closer to acquiring French Ligue 2 football club


Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote is reportedly set to purchase French Ligue 2 club, Valenciennes after earlier signaling his interest to buy English football club, Arsenal FC.

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French media outlet, Entreprendre, claimed that the Nigerian, the 86th richest man in the world, would initially take over the 60 per cent stake of the Eddy Zdziech family owned club.

It further noted that in the future, Dangote would look to gain full control of the club, which was established in 1913 and plays its home matches at the recently built Stade du Hainault.

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An acquisition by Dangote might propel them to the next level by signing the best legs and revitalising the team as a whole, but the club’s main priority would be retaining their Ligue 2 status.

The club which currently occupies the 15th position on the Ligue 2 table have never won the Ligue 1 title but have claimed the Ligue 2 title on two occasions.

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Valenciennes FC have also played in the French Cup final once and have also won the Championnat National and the Championnat de France amateur in 2005 and 1998, respectively.


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