Ace comedian and actor, Atunyota Akpobome, popularly known as Ali Baba, advised billionaire businessman Aliko Dangote not to buy Arsenal with their current bad form.
He said that further PUNCH Online interview program, Stars Talk Football, where he talked about his love for Arsenal and why he threw the sport for fun.
Ali Baba praised Dangote’s moves to buy the club from Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.
Dangote and Senator Orji Kalu have shown interest in buying roles at the London club.
The celebrity, however, warned that the billionaire businessman may not make money with the current form of the club.
Asked about Dangote’s moves and Senator Orji Kalu’s moves to buy Arsenal, the comedian said, “Yes, Dangote can afford to buy Arsenal or any other club after his refinery project. I think it’s a commercial move, not a development of our (local) ) sports.
“I like the idea of Aliko buying artillery. But if he buys these players in kindergarten, he will not make money. I hope he bought Arsenal, but the influence of the owner is limited. The coach makes major decisions that help the club grow. ”
However, he said that the richest African could buy Arsenal when the club has “men” and is in better shape.
But Baba, who previously said he plays sports, said he last renewed his ticket to Arsenal two seasons ago.
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“I haven’t renewed tickets for two seasons due to poor performance,” he added.
Arsenal, which has delighted many Nigerian football fans, is currently in difficult times, ranking 15th in the English Premier League table.
The win against Manchester United on November 1 at Old Trafford is Arsenal’s last in the league as their first full season under Mikel Arteta has spiraled from the goal of reaching the Champions League to the hope of avoiding the championship next season.
After winning the FA Cup in August, Arteta earned promotion from first team coach to manager, giving him more control over recruitment.
But many analysts predict the Spaniard could be the next sacked Premier League manager, with Arsenal just four points above the relegation zone, and the next boxing day will face Chelsea.
Kalu, who is the founder of SLOK Holdings and former governor of the state of Abia, in November 2020 publicly announced his intention to buy a 35 percent stake in football club Arsenal in a statement on his official Facebook page.
“As a sports pillar in Africa, I am considering investing in football and I will buy a 35 percent stake in the Arsenal football club. Our goal is to raise the Champions League and the Premier League, as we did with Enyimba, ”he announced.
While expressing a desire to buy Arsenal in January 2020, the richest man in Africa told David Rubenstein Show yes “It’s a team that would, yes, I’d love to buy one day, but what I keep saying is that we have projects worth $ 20 billion (£ 15 billion) and I really want to concentrate on that,” Dangote told
“I’m trying to finish building the company and then, after we’re done, maybe sometime in 2021 we can.
“I’m not buying Arsenal at the moment, I’m buying Arsenal when I finish all these projects, because I’m trying to raise the company to a higher level.”