By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Sports Director of Swedish Allsvenskan side AIK, Bjorn Wesström, has said they might be tempted to collaborate with Sierra Leonean first division side, AIK Fretong.
Wesström told Swedish media Expressen that they have given their consent to the Freetown-based club to use the name AIK and might collaborate with the club in the future.
“We have given our consent to them that they can use the name AIK and we have a good relationship with the guy who is an advisor to the club,” Wesström told Expressen. “They’re usually so in Sierra Leone that they baptize a team to a more famous club name to thus attract local players. So far, it is only at that stage. Chernor Musa Jalloh – who is the advisor for the club – will come to Sweden in August, and then we’ll sit down and see what this might mean. Right now it is a very inoffensive project, but right there on players is something we should discuss.”
According to Jalloh, the idea of AIK Fretong emanated from the late brother of current AIK striker, Ibrahim ‘Teteh’ Bangura, who is on-loan from Turkish side Bursaspor.
He said: “It came from Teteh Bangura’s younger brother Mohamed ‘Medo’ Bangura. Seeing his elder brother scoring goals for AIK in the Allsvenskan during the 2011 league season, Medo’s aim was to play one day for AIK like his elder brother.
“He decided to start a club for fun. He named it AIK Fretong. When then Teteh’s brother suddenly passed away few years ago, his friend, Bockarie Torto took over the project and I was asked to help them and we got a team in the league system and now the team is in the first division league and recently played their first official league game which ended 0-0.”
Like the Swedish club, the team in Freetown plays in AIK’s shirts.