Nigerian Makes History As First Female Football Club Owner

Eniola Aluko who was on born 21 February 1987 is a British-Nigerian football executive, football broadcaster and former professional player who played as a winger and striker.

Aluko has been a regular broadcaster for live football on ITV, BT Sport, Amazon Prime and Fox Sports in the USA, including men’s Premier League matches and Women’s Super League since 2014. She was the first Sporting Director for Angel City FC of the American National women’s soccer league and formerly held the position of Sporting Director at Aston Villa W.F.C. from January 2020 to June 2021.

Eniola Aluko was said to have made headlines as she became the first black female football club owner in Italy. Aluko is part of a $100 million ownership group, known as Mercury 13, that has acquired a majority stake in FC Como Women, a club based in northern Italy.

Eniola Aluko, who was primarily focused on football broadcasting since her retirement, has now ventured into sports ownership, joining the Mercury 13 group. This move not only makes her the first black woman to own a football team in her native Italy but also serves as an inspiration for black sports investors and black ownership in general.

The Mercury 13 ownership group has pledged to invest $100 million in women’s football teams across Latin America and Europe. And with Aluko’s majority ownership of Como FC, the group is positioning itself to build a stable of women’s clubs, capitalizing on the increasing popularity of the women’s game.

Aluko’s journey to club ownership could be considered a testament to her passion for the sport and her desire to make a lasting impact in the beautiful game. As a former sports director, she brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role, and her involvement is expected to further improve the profile of women’s football in Italy and beyond.

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