Egbo floats goalkeepers academy after leaving Tirana FC
By Sab Osuji
Ndubuisi Egbo, a former Nigeria Super Eagles goalkeeper has returned to his goalkeepers academy where he has been nurturing young goalkeepers after he was unceremoniously removed as head coach of KF Tirana of Albania las November, Orient Sports reports.
Egbo became the first African coach to win a top league title in Europe after he helped Tirana lift the 2019/2020 Albanian Superligue title.
The former Julius Berger of Lagos shot stopper also went to history as the first African coach to lead a European club in the UEFA Champions League, reaching the last playoff rounds.
But those glittering performances did not stop the hierarchy of the club from relieving him of his managerial role at the club, ensuring that the former Super Eagles AFCON 2000 silver medal winning goalkeeper returned to the grassroots where he is unearthing and grooming young goalkeepers.
“I left the team (KF Tirana) after match day two (2) game in the league. During that short period, we won one game and lost the other one”, Egbo started.
“It’s a long story my brother. I’m a free agent for now as I look forward to any good offer to come from any agent. For now, I’m directing my football/goalkeeping academy at the moment to keep myself busy”.
Egbo won the Nigeria top flight in 1996 with Julius Berger of Lagos before a move to Al Masry of Egypt where he won the Egyptian Cup in 1997/98 season.
He further disclosed that the ‘Emma Egbo Football/Goalkeepers Academy is not an entirely new project as it has been on for a while.
“I was busy before (with the Academy). Yeah, I have an academy that is both for players and goalkeepers but mainly for goalkeepers for now. Both upcoming local goalkeepers and senior goalkeepers who want to get personal training to get in form for their teams or get ready for trials are always coming around to train with us”.
Nearly four months after parting company with Tirana, Egbo appears lost as to why he was sent away after his incredible feat for the team.
“That is what everyone who has heard about it said, just like you. No one could comprehend the reason/s why you have to path ways with a coach that won the league title for you after 11 years.
“And in the 100 years centenary celebration of the club, took the club from champions League to the play off final phase of the Europa league and bringing in a whooping 1.5 million euro to the club.
“And you removed him just like that. I don’t think the fans are happy because since I left the club, their performances have been on a downward spiral. They are now on 6th position and not even sure of qualifying for Europe League. They have even sacked the coach that replaced me but still no good result.
“When I took over, I decided to use my own philosophy, methodology and strategy that was against their ways and they did not like it even though I won the league and broke many records, still they were not satisfied”.
Egbo, 47, says he has taken everything in good faith, believing it could be the way God had programmed it.
“Nobody can understand it. But it could be God’s will that it will go that way, because God will not be where he is not needed or accepted. They rejected me who God gave to them and He removed His grace from them for them to know that without His grace, no success”.