‘Self believe’ is our key to conquer Young Boys – Coach Egbo
By Sab Osuji
KF Tirana of Albania Nigeria born coach, Ndubuisi Egbo has exclusively told Orient Sports that his players believe in themselves and their abilities is the strongest weapon they are banking on to upstage Swiss giants, Young Boys, in the last qualification match of the 2020/2021 UEFA Europa League qualifiers.
The winner of the epic tie, billed for the 32,000-capacity Wankdorf Stadium, on October 1, in Switzerland, will earn a berth into the group stage of Europe’s second tier league.
Egbo’s Tirana saw off Serbia’s Dynamo Tbilisi 2-0 in the first round preliminary games of the UEFA Champions League but a 1-0 defeat by Red Star Belgrade in the second round fixture saw their top league ambition crushed.
But that loss earned them a bragging right for the clash against Manager Gerardo Seoane’s Young Boys.
Egbo says playing in the Europa League will be a huge manifestation of the experience and confidence his boys has garnered playing in the Champions League.
“We believe in ourselves”, quips in the former Super Eagles goalkeeper.
“We always believe we can do it. And when the confidence in the players is high, result comes”.
Tirana were eliminated from the more prestigious UEFA champions League 1-0 by Red Star Belgrade inside their Arena Kombetare pitch.
Despite the defeat which saw them down to the europa League, Egbo reckons he was proud of his team and himself too.
“Red Star Belgrade are a strong side by all standards in Europe. I wanted us to win but losing to such a big team by a slim 1-0 speaks volume of the quality and potential of our team.
“Now, the players have grown more in confidence and are good to roll on any team now.
“Young Boys are a big team in Europe but I’m optimistic my players will match them toe to toe.
“For me, it is joy and pride coaching this team in the European competitions.
“In 2004, I played in the European continent with them as a player then.
“Now, I’m leading them back in the continent as a coach and I’m pleased about that”.
The one time Enugu Rangers and Julius Berger of Lagos shot stopper reveals that standing in the team’s dug out in the European Championships has endeared him more into Albanian public glare and acceptance.
“Sometimes, when I walk along the road, the Police, aged people, between 80-90 years old, would stop me and ask ‘are you the coach of KF Tirana?’.
“Yes, not everybody would be your fan. It’s also the same back home in Nigeria.
“But I must say about 90% of the fans here are right behind me and I’m happy about that”, Egbo said.