Serport, a multi-national port services company, are the new owners of Algerian side USM Alger after purchasing 94% shares of the club for an undisclosed amount.
USMA have struggled financially this season after having the club’s bank account freezed by authorities after a dispute with the immediate former owners.
This was decided after the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders, which was held at the Omar Hamadi stadium in Bologhine. This GA was supposed to take place last Thursday, before being scheduled for the 12th of this month.
Finally, it was brought forward to Monday. The secretary general of the Serport group, Halim Hamoudi, took this opportunity to confirm the passage of the USMA under Serport’s thumb. “The Serport group currently holds 94.34% of the shares.
The group has initiated a sports project that will materialize in time, as announced by the CEO, Djelloul Achour. In addition to the Aïn Benian training center, the reopening of the club’s circle, there will be the assumption of part of the debts that the club has contracted.
The rest will be borne by the state. Serport will do everything possible to restore the coat of arms of the USMA, “promises the general secretary of the Serport group. Usmists can now breathe after having known, for months, a very difficult financial situation, following the imprisonment of the boss of the ETRHB, Ali Haddad, followed by the freezing of the accounts of the club.
Regarding the technical staff, the club’s spokesman, Tarek Ghoul, confirmed the arrival of Mounir Zeghdoud as coach, until the end of the season, in place of Billel Dziri, who left for CA Bordj Bou Arréridj. “There was a discussion with Mounir Zeghdoud.
The latter is officially the club coach. He should bring an assistant coach with him. He will also work with Farid Bellemlat. But for now, we don’t know yet whether he will be on the sidelines or not in the next match against Paradou AC, “he said.
Concerning precisely this match counting for the 21st day against Paradou AC, it will be played next Saturday at 4pm, at the stadium of July 5. PAC leaders had asked to receive their opponent at the Olympic complex instead of the Omar Hamadi stadium, where the club is usually domiciled.