By Sab Osuji:
The hierarchy of Nigeria's second tier football league body, Nigeria National League, NNL, has hailed the proprietor of Remo Stars FC, an NNL club side, Mr.Kunle Soname, following his successful acquisition of a Portuguese second division side, Clube Desportivo Feirense, at the weekend, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
It is the first time in history a Nigerian has bought over a European club.
Recently, Chairman of Dangote Group of companies, Aliko Dangote, was reported to have made several moves to acquire major shares in Arsenal FC, an English Premier League side but the deal is yet to come through.
Apparently delighted at Soname's historic giant stride, chairman of Nigerian second tier league, High Chief Emeka Inyama ,said it is the beginning of greater things to happen to Nigeria Football, adding that such effort will not go unnoticed.
Mr.Soname secured 70 percent of Clube Desportivo Feirense shares, which last played in the Portuguese top-flight division in 2011.
“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.
"The Club was founded on 19 March, 1918", the club wrote on their official website confirming the sale of the club to Soname.
Inyama enjoined other well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to follow suit, noting that it is only a matter of time the country’s football becomes the better for it.
“This is something for us all to celebrate, it is a no mean feat in the history of our football and I do hope indeed that other stakeholders and well-to-do Nigerians will emulate his efforts ", Inyama said in the statement.
"The passion Mr.Soname has exhibited with this singular gesture is huge and must be commended in its entirety.
"There is nothing like having the deepest passion in all you do ,it drives far and makes you give your all.
"We salute Mr.Soname ,we are praying for him and we urge him not to relent in his efforts”
“It is our wish to see him hold tight to this passion more on the home front, just like he is also doing with Remo Stars FC in the Nigeria National League,” the NNL boss said.