Ex-PSL keeper makes UCL history

UEFA Champions League

Emmanuel Egbo has made history in Europe after becoming the first black and first African manager to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

The former Nigeria goalkeeper, who was once on the books of Moroka Swallows, led KF Tirana to the Albanian top-flight title in his first season in charge after earning promotion from his goalkeeping coach role.

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It marks a significant achievement for the former Super Eagles stopper, who earned 12 caps for his country between 1999 and 2002 before he moved to Balkan region after his short stint in South Africa.

Their 25th league title was confirmed on Sunday after second-placed Kukesi lost 1-0 on Sunday, meaning Tirana on 69 points hold a seven-point lead over their domestic rivals with two games remaining in the Kategoria Superiore.

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Tirana will now be placed in the second round of qualification in Europe's elite club competition, where Egbo will be aiming to create further history for managers from the African continent.

The 46-year-old, who was part of Nigeria's 2000 and 2002 Africa Cup of Nations squads, could make it a domestic double when they face-off against Teuta in the Albanian Cup final on 2 August.