Nigerian entrepreneur becomes first African woman to own a European club

An entrepreneur, Dorothy Nneka Ede, has become the first Nigerian woman to own a European football club after purchasing Lusitano Ginasio Clube, a Portuguese third division side, for an undisclosed amount.According to a statement on Thursday, Ede has secured 100 per cent ownership of the 108-years-old club, which last played in the Portuguese top-flight division in 1966.Lusitano G. C which is fondly known as ‘Erbanários’ which means herbalists were recently promoted to Campeonato de Portugal having been on the brink of extinction in the past two decades.The 2019 Evora FA District Champions will be targeting promotion to higher tiers of the Portuguese championships next season.Lusitano most memorably finished as high as 5th place in the 1956/57 Primeira Liga and reached the semi-finals of the Taça de Portugal twice between 1950-1970 the most successful years in the history of the club.According to a press release, the club said, “After months of negotiations with different entities, an agreement has been reached with Mrs. Nneka Ede, a sports enthusiast and entrepreneur from Nigeria, a country filled with people as passionate and fiery about football as us and which incidentally share the same green and white in their flags, towards the transfer of the ownership of the SAD to the latter that will help us in our mission to take Lusitano to the next level.”Ede in her statement, expressed excitement and hopes this deal will foster the great sporting relationship between the two countries.She said, “I am excited about this opportunity and I hope that this new chapter will deepen the already great sporting relations between Nigeria and Portugal, continue with the rich history of Lusitano club and provide a pathway for young talent to develop and shine through.”

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