Football club sells 18 players to buy 10 goats for rearing
President of the club, Kenan Büyükleblebi cited lack of sufficient source of income for the club, saying there are hardly any sponsorships or government investments for local teams like Gulspor.
Kenan Büyükleblebi cited lack of sufficient source of income for the club, saying there are hardly any sponsorships or government investments for local teams like the one he presides over.
According to odditycentral.com, Gulspor sold 18 of its youth players for around 15,000 Turkish lira ($2,600), which was enough to buy 10 goats.
It is hoping to generate a yearly profit of 4,000-5,000 lira from the sale of milk and meat after building a herd of 140 goats in the next few years.
Kenan Büyükleblebi is quoted as having told CNN in Turkey that: “We must have a constant income. Funds are overloaded because there is no government or corporate group support for our clubs. We need to get more investment for the kids.
“We got 10 goats. It will be a source of income for the youngsters,” the Gulspor president added. “We think that breeding goats is profitable. We have bought them to raise better young players. We expect to have 4,000-5,000 lira profit. At the same time, the number of goats will increase. At the end of six years, we are planning to have 140 goats for the club.”
The entire development is funny, but what is more ridiculous is the fact that the value of each player of Gulspor, one of Turkey’s oldest football clubs is not worth that of one goat.
However, it is not entirely a bad idea to build some financial backup for the club. Barring any hitches, the venture may become a big support for Gulspor worth emulating by other local clubs.
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