The Administrator General announced on Wednesday that a group led by businessman Ori Allon has purchased a 60 percent stake of Hapoel Jerusalem previously owned by Guma Aguiar.
Following Aguiar's disappearance at sea off the coast of Florida a year ago, his ownership stake was put up for sale. The Allon group was confirmed on Wednesday as the winner of the auction held by the Administrator General after promising to invest NIS 15 million in the club over the next three seasons.
Last week, New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire tweeted that he had joined the group headed by the 32-year-old Israeli, who made his fortune in the US by selling Hi-Tech startups to both Google and Twitter. The ownership group also includes advertising bigwig Eyal Chomski and American sports agent Arn Tellem.
However, the Allon group's takeover of Hapoel is still far from complete. The Hapoel Jerusalem organization, which currently owns the remaining 40 percent of the club, has got 90 days to equal the Allon group's offer for Aguiar's shares to seize complete control of the team.
The head of the organization, former club chairman Danny Klein, is pushing to match Allon's offer, but not everyone in the organization supports his initiative. As things currently stand, representatives from the organization plan to meet with the Allon group to discuss how both parties can cooperate for the good of the club.
"Aguiar's wish was to see Hapoel Jerusalem as a leading team with financial stability, involved in the city of Jerusalem and representing it in a respectable sporting manner," said Administrator General David Hahn. "The new investment will make possible the realization of Aguiar's wish."