Ndubuisi Egbo: Ex-Super Eagles goalkeeper makes history, becomes first African manager to win league title in Europe

Ndubuisi Egbo: Ex-Super Eagles goalkeeper makes history, becomes first African manager to win league title in Europe

Nigerian professional football manager Ndubuisi Egbo has entered history books; by becoming the first African coach to win a title with a European side.

Ndubuisi Egbo achieved this feat after he helped his Albanian club Tirana win the 2019/20 Albania League title in a remarkable style.

The former Super Eagles goalie has also led his team into the final of the Albania Cup; and this also could be another landmark achievement for the 46-year-old if his side should win it.

Tirana fans are all in joyous momentum with this latest achievement which they have been looking for for the past 11 years.

The result means Tirana currently on 69 points is now seven points ahead of Kukesi who are on 62 points with two games left to play.

This achievement means Ndubuisi Egbo has led the club to the Champions League next season; and he is also the first African to qualify a club for the prestigious competition.

Egbo started his football career with defunct Nitel FC of Enugu and was among the Super Eagles stars who campaigned at the 2000 as well as 2002 African Nations Cup.

Meanwhile, the 2023 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will be played in June and July of that year in the Ivory Coast; as confirmed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

It was mooted that the 2023 AFCON could be played in January-February; as CAF plans to do with the next edition, which is scheduled for early 2022.

However, this would mean the 2023 tournament would follow just a month after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar; which will be played in November-December of that year.

“As per now, AFCON 2023 is scheduled for June/July in accordance with the competition regulations;” CAF Secretary-General Abdel Bah told reporters.”


“We have not yet received any request from the Ivorian authorities on the subject.”

An issue facing the 2023 tournament is that Ivory Coast will likely experience heavy rainfall in the middle of the year – the same reason CAF initially rescheduled the next AFCON; which will be hosted in Cameroon, to be played in the early months of the year.

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“The Nations Cup in Cameroon, after the request of the authorities, was postponed to January/February,” added Bah.

“As of today, we haven’t received the same request from Ivorian authorities.”


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