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Ndubuisi Egbo: A Man Bracing the Hostility of European Football

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EMMANUEL NDUBUISI EGBO: A MAN BRACING THE HOSTILITY OF EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

BY ABIODUN MOHAMMED

Undeniably, many Nigerian footballers are known for cutting the Gordian knot in European football but little or nothing has been heard, until now of a Nigerian coach leading a team in Europe, not to talk of competing in the UEFA Champions League.

The name making waves across Europe is, Ndubuisi Egbo. Interestingly, during his playing days, Egbo hardly caught the eye of the football world as he played for several clubs in Africa and few others in remote European countries.

There is a school of thought that believes great players hardly become great managers. Perhaps, that notion galvanized the 47-year-old to saving the best for the last, becoming a great manager.

The former Julius Berger and Al-Masry goalkeeper burst onto the coaching scene in 2010 while he was still managing the pipes for KF Bylis in the Albanian Superliga.

Egbo retired in 2011 after making 52 appearances for Bylis, a development which helped him concentrate more on his role as goalkeeper’s trainer until 2014 when he joined his former club, KF Tirana as goalkeeper’s trainer.

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However, in 2015, the man who earned 12 caps while playing for Nigeria was asked to take charge of Tirana alongside another member of the technical crew after the team’s head coach, Shkëlqim Muça was sacked. Astonishingly, the 1.82-meter-tall coach guided his team to lifting the 2019/2020 Albanian SuperLiga, becoming the first Nigerian to achieve such feat.

As if that was not enough, Ndubuisi Egbo became the first African to qualify and lead a team in the UEFA Champions League before shocking skeptics by becoming the first African head coach to record a victory in Europe’s premier club football competition on 19th August against Dinamo Tbilisi.

Unfortunately, Egbo and his team could not advance beyond the second qualifying round of the UCL after they lost to Serbian side Crvena Zvezda.

Obviously, the word “first” is dominant on the resume of the man who has managed 21 victories in 32 games since 9th December, 2019, losing only 7 times during that period and many enthusiasts are impressed with his burgeoning record in European football and hope that someday such Nigerian export would help Nigerian football record unparalleled success on the global scene.

“Ndubuisi Egbo has been an outstanding coach, what we never valued before, he has put it straight and let us realize that he has something to offer,” Clement Oloruntoba said.

“I think he is eminently qualified to lead Nigerian teams, he is a Nigerian, he knows the chemistry of our boys so he will be able to do better than when you bring a foreigner into this country,” Ganiyu Oloyede opined.

“It is not time for him to come to the national team setup, he almost got into the Champions League, probably he would get into the Europa League if not this season, next season,” Usha Maidodo stressed.

“It is very good for us to have someone like that doing well in Europe. My prayers for him is to continue the good work and he should extend that good work back home here,” Patrick Pascal said.

At a time when stereotyping blacks is vigorously confronted across the world, outstanding performances like that of the Aba-born tactician would definitely help the course of “black lives matter movement”.

While coach Egbo continues to look out for more records to break in European football with KF Tirana, it remains to be seen if the former goalkeeper will not be poached by bigger clubs in Europe.

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FG to Commence Distribution of Free Metres

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The National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP) will on Friday, October 30, 2020 commence distribution of free electricity meters to Nigerians with simultaneous launch events of the scheme in Kano, Kaduna, Eko and Ikeja DISCO franchise area.

According to media reports locations to receive meters include Bawo Road and environs in Kano metropolis (KEDCO), Governor Road/Tudun Wada in Kaduna (Kaduna Electric), Oshodi Business Unit in Ikeja (Ikeja Electric), and Yaba and Surulere (Eko DISCO).

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Key stakeholders to monitor the launch of the distribution include Kaduna, Kano and Lagos government representatives, the Senate Committee and House Chair on Power as well as representatives of Organised Labour and Civil Society Organisations.

The NMMP is to roll out 6 million free meters for all connections points on grid without meters over the next 18 to 24 months, estimating to impact 30 million consumers nationwide.

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Federal Government Re-affirms Support for Okonjo-Iweala as Director General WTO

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The Federal Government on Thursday said it would stand by former Minister, Dr. Ngozi -Okonjo- Iweala until she emerged Director General, World Trade Organisation (WTO).

A statement issued by spokesperson, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye said the third and final round of the selection process of the Director-General of the World Trade Organization was concluded on Tuesday, 27th October 2020, and that the result was formally announced on Wednesday, 28th October 2020.

The candidate from Nigeria, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has secured the support of the majority of the member countries but is yet to be declared and returned the winner.

“This is because apart from winning the election, all the 164 Member States of WTO were expected to adopt the winner by consensus, in accordance with the rule of procedure of the WTO,” it said.

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The government said it was important to highlight that Dr Okonjo-Iweala had secured cross-regional backing with only the United States opposing the consensus.

“The ministry stated that a meeting of the General Council of the WTO has been scheduled for 9th November, 2020 for the final decision on the election process.

“Nigeria will continue to engage relevant stakeholders to ensure that the lofty aspiration of her candidate to lead the World Trade Organisation is realized,” it said.

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Plateau begins trial of 300 suspected looters

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The Plateau State Government on Wednesday begun the prosecution of over 300 suspected looters and arsonists in the state.
They were accused of looting, criminal trespass and inciting public disturbance, among other charges.
The suspects, who had been in military and police detention after they were arrested in different parts of Jos and the Bukuru metropolis between Saturday and Sunday, were moved to the Bassa Local Government Area on Wednesday for arraignment.

The defendants were arraigned one after the other at Jebbu Bassa Area Court before several judges including Justices N S Dashe, Adar Roseline Baraje, and L B Longs as well as Lawal Sulaiman, among others.

In all the cases brought before the judges, the prosecutors from the state Ministry of Justice told the court that the accused persons committed the offences against the state and should be prosecuted according to the law.
The defence counsels, however, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy for the accused persons, particularly as they were first offenders.
The defence counsels also pleaded for short sentencing with an option of fine after their clients pleaded guilty to the offences.

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