Ex-Nigerian footballer, Ndubuisi Egbo made
history on Sunday, July 19, 2020, after
becoming the first Nigerian coach to win a
European topflight trophy after winning the
Albanian league title as coach of KF Tirana.
The 46-year-old is now the first Nigerian coach to win a title with a European league side and is also believed to be the first African to do same.
Egbo, 46, made 12 appearances
for the Super Eagles between 1999 and 2002 during which time he manned the goal for Tirana, winning three trophies with the club. Following his retirement from playing in 2011, Egbo went into coaching, becoming the
goalkeeping coach of another Albanian side, Bylis, before returning to Tirana in 2014 in the same capacity.
Following his retirement in 2011, Egbo went into
coaching and become the goalkeeper coach of
another Albanian club Bylls before returning to Tirana in 2014 in the same capacity. In 2019, Egbo was promoted to become Tirana’s head coach and is now on course to lead them to a league title.
Apart from being the most successful Albanian team
in domestic competitions, Tirana have also put in the
best performance in Europe, reaching the round of 16
in European competitions four times.
Ndubuisi’s feat comes few days after a Nigerian
entrepreneur, Nneka Ede became one of the few
Africans to own a European club when she
bought Portuguese side, Lusitano Ginásio Clube,
Futebol, SAD. Mrs Ede’s ownership of the 108-year-old team,
which is in the Portuguese third division, began in June, 2020.
The development also makes her the first
African woman to own a European side.
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