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Micheal Essien's wife buys Italian club

Serie A By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 17/03/2017

Micheal Essien's wife, Akosua Puni, has completed a shock purchase of the famous Italian outfit Como FC. 

According to Ghanasoccernet .com the astute businesswoman completed the 100 percent acquisition of struggling Serie C side at an auction on Thursday.

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Puni, who is also a philanthropist, bought the club for 237,000 euros (US$ 254,000) after it was declared bankrupt last month. She becomes the first Ghanaian native to acquire a club in Europe just one year after a Ghana-based businessman purchased Danish club side, Norsjaelland.

The businesswoman has charged the Serie C side to gain an immediate promotion to Serie B after serious financial problems in recent times led to their demotion.

"Football Club Como is pleased to announce that the club has a new company taking charge of the affairs of the team," the club's official statement read.

"We are pleased to announce to the city of Como that Akosua Puni, Mrs. Essien, is the new owner Fc Como Srl. We will soon come to the city to introduce ourselves. We are honored to be here and to join a club with over 100 years of history. We want to thank our curator Di Michele for the great job done. The commitments and promises are to grow the first team and focus on youth development. We will create the conditions to bring the Como in Serie B as soon as possible and enhance our talents."

After three failed attempts to sell the club to avoid its complete obliteration, the offer from Puni came giving the players, team officials, and the teeming club supporters hope for the future.

The wife of the former Chelsea and Real Madrid superstar visited the club last month and was shown the Sinigaglia Stadium and the Sports Center in Orsenigo, where the team trains.

The cost of the operation does not include purchasing the current Calcio Como branding and the Orsenigo training ground.

Despite going bankrupt, Como are still taking part in Lega Pro’s Girone A and are in sixth place, so in the running for a promotion play-off spot