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-year-old club, which last played in the Portuguese top-flight in 1966.
Lusitano G.C, fondly known as ‘Erbanários’ (herbalists), were recently promoted to Campeonato de Portugal having been on the brink of extinction for the last two decades.
The 2019 Evora FA District champions will be targeting promotion to a higher tier of the Portuguese league structure next season.
Lusitano most memorably finished as high as 5th in the 1956/57 Primeira Liga and reached the semi-finals of the Taça do Portugal twice between 1950 and 1970, the most successful years in the history of the club.