Ex-Super Eagles International, Ndubuisi Egbo, Becomes the First Nigerian Manager to Win a League Title on the Foreign Scene
Vllaznia defeating Kukesi (second-placed team) last weekend means Ndubuisi Egbo’s KF Tirana are the confirmed winners of 2019/2020 Albanian league season with a seven points gap and two more games to spare. Ndubuisi Egbo guiding KF Tirana to their 25th league title in their history means the former Nigerian national team goalkeeper is the first African and Nigerian to win a league title with a European league side.
After ensuring that TF Tirana made it to next season’s UEFA Champions League qualifying stage, Egbo could also make it a double for Tirana who has already qualified for the Albanian Cup final.
Ndubuisi Egbo was officially named KF Tirana manager in December last year. He was a former player for Nepa Lagos, Julius Berger, El Masry, TF Tirana and FK Bylis Ballsh. On his retirement from playing football, he took a bold step in his coaching journey, becoming a goalkeeping trainee, assistant manager and manager for FK Bylis Ballsh, before returning to Tirana in 2014 in the same capacity.
Between the period of 1999 and 2002, the 46 years old (Egbo), managed to wear the Super Eagles jersey 12 times, representing his country in two tournaments of African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2000 and 2002).
Former Super Eagles forward, Daniel Amokachi, speaking on his radio program “The Bull’s Pit” on Brila FM yesterday, said Egbo’s latest achievement is worth celebration: “We Africans don’t get opportunities like that in Europe. And if we get opportunities like that and became champions of a league in Europe I think we should celebrate it. The media shouldn’t go and sleep on this we should celebrate ours because it’s not something small this young man just achieved. To be a head coach in Europe and win a league in Europe I think we should celebrate him.”