Nigerian woman and entrepreneur, Nneka Ede has officially become the first African woman to own a football club. This is coming after she acquired the Portuguese Club, Lusitano Ginásio Clube, Futebol, SAD.


The club confimed the huge news on Thursday. Lusitano competes in the Campeonato de Portugal, the third division of Portugal’s football pyramid and Mrs Nneka Ede has taken possesion of the 108-year-old club. 


The new owner, Nneka Ede revealed her hopes and expectations as she becomes the new owner. In her words 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.”

A statement from 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.”


Mrs Ede becomes the first African woman and the second Nigerian to purchase a Portuguese club after Kunle Soname bought Clube Deportivo Feirense in 2015.

Brief history of the club according to Wikipedia 
Lusitano Ginásio Clube, MHC, also commonly known as Lusitano de Évora (abbrev. Lusit. Évora), is a Portuguese sports club based in Évora competing in Serie D of Campeonato de Portugal, third tier of Portuguese football. Founded 11 November 1911 by a group of high school and commercial school youngsters in the house of professor Dâmaso Simões at Rua das Fontes, No. 3 in Évora as Lusitano Académico, it subsequently became Lusitano Futebol and finally Lusitano Ginásio Clube in 1925. The club's home ground is the Campo Estrela in Évora, purchased in 1931.


Lusitano established a SAD (Sociedade Anónima Desportiva) in 2016 and won the 2018/2019 Evora FA League, thus earning promotion back to professional football.