Former Super Eagles goalkeeper becomes first black coach to qualify for UEFA Champions League

Former Nigeria goalkeeper Emmanuel Egbo has made history by becoming the first black and first African manager to qualify for the UEFA Champions League after he led KF Tirana to the Albanian league title.

The Nigerian was a goalkeeper during his playing days. He most notably played for Nigerian side Julius Berger, Egyptian side El Masry and South African side Moroka Swallows before moving to Albania to play for Tirana, where he made over 157 appearances. 

Egbo was hired by Tirana as a goalkeeping coach in 2014, a role he held until 2019 when he was promoted to the head managerial role after the coach was fired. 

He led the team to the title and in doing so also became the first African manager to win a European top-flight league title. 

The Severe Dearth of African Coaches in Europe

Tirana will play in the second round qualification (playoffs) in Europe’s elite club competition. The former Super Eagles goalkeeper will aim to create more history for managers from the African continent.

Egbo earned 12 caps for Nigeria between 1999 and 2000 during his time as a goalkeeper.

He could make a domestic double should he beat Teufa in the Albanian Cup final that is scheduled to take place on 02 August this year.