Nigerians have listed many firsts in soccer circles in Europe and outside and yet another accomplishment was added to this growing list.
Lusitano competes at the Campeonato de Portugal, the next branch of Portugal’s soccer ministry and Mrs Ede took over possession of this 108-year-old club in June 2020. She explained:
“I’m excited about this opportunity and I trust this new chapter will highlight the great athletic connections between Nigeria and Portugal, continue using the abundant background of Lusitano club and offer a pathway for young talent to develop and glow throughout.”
An announcement from the team said:
“Following months of discussions with various entities, an arrangement was achieved with Mrs Nneka Ede, a sports enthusiast and entrepreneur in Nigeria, a nation full of people as passionate and enthused about soccer as us and incidentally share the exact same white and green inside their flags, towards the transfer of the possession of the SAD to the latter which can help us in our mission to take Lusitano to another level.”
Mrs Ede becomes the 2nd Nigerian to Buy a Portuguese club following businessman Kunle Soname purchased Clube Desportivo Feirense at 2015. Founded on November 11, 1911, with a bunch of high schools and industrial school kids, Lusitano — originated from Lusitania, the Roman name for the state corresponding to the present land of Portugal south of the Douro river and also into the modern Spanish Spanish region of Extremadura — participates in Portugal’s topflight for the very first time from the 1952–53 season-ending up 7th.
The team enjoyed a relatively prosperous period from the 1950s and 1960s and also spent 14 successive seasons at the Primeira Divisão making an impressive 5th place in 1956/57, also attaining the semi-finals of the Taça de Portugal twice.