Wife of former Chelsea and Ghana star player Michael Essien has purchased a bankrupt Italian football club.
Akosua Puni Essien, wife of the Ghanaian football legend purchased Italian football club Calcio Como FC for £206,000 at auction and hope to revive the third tier club again.
The acquisition, though does not include the club’s board, training ground or the brand.
However, her purchase at the bankruptcy auction will see the club now known as FC Como.
“Mrs Puni Essien and her team are honoured to be here and become part of a club that boasts 110 years of history,” read a statement.
“The genuine promise and desire of the new owners are to grow and build both the first team and the youth sector, becoming an integral part of the fabric of this city.
“The owners also pledge to create the conditions to bring FC Como into Serie B as soon as possible and to develop its talents to the best of their abilities.”
The new owner and her team wish to make both the first team and the youth team grow and become an integrated part of the city.
“They will put their efforts into creating conditions to take the team back to Serie B and to develop the club’s young talents to the best of their ability.”
Puni Essien, who describes herself as a “businesswoman, consultant, philanthropist” on her Twitter bio says she is "honoured to be part of a club that has 110 years of history.”
Their notable former players include Italy’s 1982 FIFA World Cup heroes Paolo Rossi, who made six appearances on loan in 1975-76, and Marco Tardelli, who spent a season at the club before making his move to Juventus in 1976.
The club’s youth setup also produced legendary Azzurri full-back Gianluca Zambrotta, who won the World Cup in 2006 with Italy, and current Lazio and Italy midfielder Marco Parolo.
It must be said that FC Como are still in full gear in Lega Pro’s Girone A and are in sixth place gunning for a promotion play-off spot.
Her husband, who is a former Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan midfielder has embarked on a new challenge in his career, too.
The 34-year-old signed a one-year deal with Indonesian team Persib Bandung on Tuesday