In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 17th, July, 2020

Nigerian Turns into First African Girl To Personal European Membership

Nigerian Becomes First African Woman To Own European Club

Lusitano Ginasio Clube

Lusitano Ginasio Clube


A Nigerian businesswoman and entreprenuer, Nneka Ede has made historical past after turning into the primary African girl to personal a membership in Europe following her acquisition of Portuguese membership, Lusitano Ginásio Clube, Futebol, SAD.


The membership on Thursday confirmed the information.


Lusitano competes within the Campeonato de Portugal, the third division of Portugal’s soccer pyramid and Mrs Ede took over possession of the 108-year-old membership in June 2020.


She mentioned:


“I’m enthusiastic about this chance and I hope that this new chapter will deepen the already nice sporting relations between Nigeria and Portugal, proceed with the wealthy historical past of Lusitano membership and supply a pathway for younger expertise to develop and shine by means of.”


An announcement from the membership mentioned:

“After months of negotiations with totally different entities, an settlement has been reached with Mrs Nneka Ede, a sports activities fanatic and entrepreneur from Nigeria, a rustic crammed with folks as passionate and fiery about soccer as us and which by the way share the identical inexperienced and white of their flags, in the direction of the switch of the possession of the SAD to the latter that can assist us in our mission to take Lusitano to the following degree.”


Mrs Ede turns into the second Nigerian to buy a Portuguese membership after businessman Kunle Soname purchased Clube Desportivo Feirense in 2015.


Based on November 11, 1911 by a gaggle of highschool and business college children, Lusitano – derived from Lusitania, the Roman identify for the province equivalent to the present territory of Portugal south of the Douro river and to the modern-day Spanish area of Extremadura – competed in Portugal’s topflight for the primary time within the 1952–53 season ending up seventh.

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The membership loved a comparatively profitable interval within the 1950s and 1960s and spent 14 consecutive seasons within the Primeira Divisão incomes a powerful fifth place in 1956/57, and reaching the semi-finals of the Taça de Portugal twice.


They have been relegated in 1966 and have by no means competed in Portugal’s prime flight ever since however they maintain a proud report of being within the prime 30 of groups with probably the most presences within the Portuguese topflight.


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