Essien's wife Akosua Puni delighted with decision to purchase Italian club
Akosua Puni is the new owner of Italian third tier side Como after she bout the club for €237,000 at an auction.
Puni surprised the sporting world when he bought bankrupt Italian lower division side Como at an auction for just €237,000.
“We just got here, so over the next two to three months we’ll try to figure out the situation and identify the suitable strategies,” she said in a Press conference.
“I want to thank the team, the Coach and the management for the work done so far. Considering the situation, it’s incredible they are still in the promotion play-off zone.”
Akosua Puni added that although she is the biggest fan of her husband, Essien and the former Chelsea midfielder is also her greatest source of support in life, she is the sole person behind Como.
“I am my husband’s biggest fan and he is my greatest support in everything I do, but I am alone in this adventure. We already run a football club in Ghana in the second division and it’s a good opportunity to give work to young people in the area.”
She denied reports that Inter President Erick Thohir was involved as a partner in this venture, insisting they had never even met.
“This is a project close to my heart and I ask the people of Como to help us out, as growing this club will be beneficial to the city. The first step will be building on the current squad and developing the youth academy, because they represent our future.
“The objective is to get into Serie B. It’s a new challenge, but I am not afraid. It’s an adventure. I am motivated and excited rather than scared by it.”