Kunle Soname buys Portuguese club
Chairman of popular sports betting site Bet9ja, Kunle Soname, became the first Nigerian to own an European football team following his purchase of Portuguese side Clube Desportivo Feirense.
Clube Desportivo Feirense currently play in the Portuguese second division, having been relegated from the Super Liga in 2011.
Soname, through his company Tavisstock Global Resource Ltd, purchased 70% of the team.
“Last Friday we effected a transformation of our club through the sale of part of the capital to our new partners, Tavisstock Global Resource Ltd, led by Mr. Kunle Soname,” a statement by the club read.
“We wish all the stakeholders the best and believe it will be a lasting partnership that would bring great sporting success to Clube Desportivo Feirense.”
Soname, who is the president of Nigerian side Remo Stars, said he believed the deal who benefit Nigerian football.
“It is a great thing to have achieved this. My sincere gratitude to God and everyone involved in the take over process.”
“Securing Clube Desportivo Feirense was the next step in the right direction for me. I love everything about the club: the organisation, the philosophy and the fans I have no intention of changing anything in the club because I am satisfied with their operations. ”
“Rather, I want to ensure the progress of the club through promotion to the Portuguese Primera division.”
“Having been involved in Nigerian football over the years by running Remo Stars Football club, I felt it was time to further develop the team. It would also bring benefits for Nigerian football through players transfer, training for officials and administrators, who have proven they have what it takes to succeed in Europe.”
“I still have my commitment to Remo Stars FC; it is the beginning of all I have achieved in football and I will keep improving the team to get it to the greatest heights.”