A Nigerian businesswoman has reportedly become the first African woman to own a European football club.
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Nneka Ede has taken over 108-year-old Portuguese side Lusitano Ginasio Clube, which plays in the Campeonato de Portugal, the country's third tier, according to various reports.
"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," a club statement read, as quoted by entrepreneurs.ng.
Ede, who becomes the second Nigerian to own a Portuguese club, 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."
Back in 2015, business mogul Kunle Soname bought Club Desportivo Feirense, becoming the first Nigerian to acquire a European club.
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