Nigeria coach: AFCON legend Egbo ready for Super Eagles challenge

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Ndubuisi Egbo has expressed interest in taking the helm as Nigeria coach following the departure of Jose Peseiro.

The 63-year-old Portuguese coach announced his departure from his post as Nigeria coach on Friday, sending the permutations for the next boss into overdrive.

With the coaching position up for grabs after Peseiro's time came to an end, the former Nigeria goalkeeper, who made history as the first African to win a major European league title, has spoken out about his desire to serve the country.

Photo by FK Tirana

“Nigeria is my home, 100%. Even though I have a European passport, my heart is green and white,” Egbo told Channels TV when asked about taking over as Nigeria coach.

“I'm always ready to answer the call and contribute to lifting our football to greater heights.

“We have the potential to challenge for the World Cup, and that's a dream I believe we can achieve.”

Egbo, a 50-year-old former goalkeeper with 12 caps for the Super Eagles, including appearances at the 2000 and 2002 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, has proven his coaching mettle.

Egbo ready to take over as Nigeria coach

Nigeria coach
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After hanging up his gloves, he transitioned into coaching, starting as a goalkeeper coach before becoming the manager of KF Tirana in Albania, leading them to their first league title in 11 years in the 2019/2020 season.

Currently managing Kosovo's Prishtina, Egbo didn't shut the door on the possibility of leading the Super Eagles in the future, saying, “It's like serving in the military. When your nation calls, you answer.”

A lot of voices from certain quarters have advocated for a Nigerian-born coach to take over the realm.

The likes of Sunday Oliseh, Finidi George, and Emmanuel Amunike have had their names bandied around, and now Egbo has decided to throw his hat into the ring.

The search is on for the next coach to lead the Super Eagles, and with Egbo's experience and passion, he's sure to be a strong contender.

The next few weeks will be interesting as the jostling begins for who will be the next Nigeria coach.

Nigeria coach: AFCON legend Egbo ready for Super Eagles challenge
Andrew Randa

Andrew Randa is a seasoned Africa sports journalist, and a former Media Officer for Nigeria's U-20 national team. He is widely acknowledged as an authority on the NPFL and African football, Randa is esteemed for his expertise in football content creation. Furthermore, he holds the distinction of being Nigeria's foremost sports kit designer and a trailblazer in the realm of sports graphics in Nigeria.