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Sports News of Monday, 15 May 2017


Akosua Puni disappointed after her club fail to qualify for Italian Serie B

The wife of Ghanaian football star Michael Essien, Mrs Akosua Puni Essien was left disappointed with her Italian third division club, Calcio Como as they failed to progress beyond the first round of playoffs for promotion to the Italian Serie B.

Como's promotion hopes were crushed after a 2-1 loss away at Piacenza on Sunday at the Stadio Leonardo Garilli.

Mrs Essien was not present to watch her side concede a 95th-minute winner scored by Piacenza attacker Stefano Franchi due to other work commitments.

Como had equalised in the 83rd minute through Matteo Chinellato after Piacenza had scored in the first half through Giacomo Sciacca.

Mrs Puni in a statement after the game said, she followed the tie online and although she was disappointed with the result, the valiant effort of the Como players impressed her.

She said, "I saw the game on line and I am very disappointed that we have not passed this test. I want to congratulate the coach and the whole team for having fought hard for our beloved club".

The Ghanaian showbiz personality and socialite added that she will work to ensure that Como will have a stronger and more competitive team for the next season.

"I want to assure the fans that we will examine immediately the situation and we will work in recent weeks to introduce stronger and more competitive next season," Mrs Puni stated.

Como finished the Italian third division Lega Pro Girona A regular season in seventh place.

Mrs Puni Essien, a British citizen of Ghanaian origin bought the club for €237,000 at a bankruptcy auction held by FC Como Limited. The figure was €10,000 more than the starting price.