Akosua Puni Essien purchased Como, who are seventh in Lega Pro and admitted she was thrilled to part of club’s history
MICHAEL ESSIEN’S wife has purchased Italian third tier side, Como.
Akosua Puni Essien, who is married to the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan midfielder, paid £206,000 for the Lega Pro side at an auction after the club had been declared bankrupt last year.
The deal does not include the Calcio Como brand or the training centre.
A club statement read: “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 describes herself as a “businesswoman, consultant, philanthropist” on her Twitter bio.
And says she is “honoured to be part of a club which has 110 years of history.”
Como were relegated to Italy’s third tier last season and were in Serie A as recently as the 2002-03.
However, they subsequently suffered three successive relegations and were declared bankrupt in late 2004.
New Italian football rules, eventually allowed them admittance into Serie D in 2005-06.
This season, they sit seventh in Lega Pro and on course for a play-off place.
Essien played in Serie A with Milan in the 2014-15 season and has recently joined Indonesian side, Persib Bandung.