President of the Nigeria Football Federat(NFF) Amaju Melvin Pinnick has congratulated former Nigeria international Emmanuel on his achievement with Albanian club, KF Tirana.
Egbo name has been written in the history book of football as the first Nigerian and African coach to lead a European club to top domestic silverware.
The former Nigeria international led KF Tirana to lift the Albanian league title with three games to spare thereby qualifying them to the UEFA Champions League.
Pinnick in his congratulatory message said he is proud of the wonderful feat Egbo has made for himself, Africa and Nigeria.
The NFF boss wrote: “I congratulate you and wish you only the best. This is also to say that we are very proud of your wonderful achievements”.
In the same vein, NFF General Secretary Dr Mohammed Sanusi showered praise on the former goalkeeper and wished bim success in the UEFA Champions League.
“It was with a huge sense of pride that the NFF and the entire Nigerian Football family learnt of your exemplary achievement as the first-ever Nigerian, Black and African Coach to win a major European League.
“As you have steered KF Tirana to the Albanian top tier championship with few matches left in the on-going season.
“In the process, you also became the first African to qualify a team for the UEFA Champions League competition.
“The fact that KF Tirana was unable to win any silverware since the year 2018 until your arrival in December 2019 puts your accomplishment in proper perspective.
“Certainly, your rare character traits of sobriety, quiet confidence, seamless application and effortless brilliance, so evident in your days with the Senior National Football Team, Super Eagles, steered you and your team to glory.
“This achievement is no doubt a marker for other Nigerian Coaches, including your fellow ex internationals, that by working assiduously and diligently in a noble way, they can indeed go out there and break the proverbial glass ceiling.
“On our part, we wish you and KF Tirana an enriching and fulfilling experience in the UEFA Champions League, where you are bound to come across much tougher encounters.
“But you have already demonstrated that you have the capacity to be unflappable when the going gets tough”.
Egbo responded that it was not just his achievement but that of Nigerians, Africans and the Black race.
“Thank you Sir, I appreciate it so much. We thank God for his Grace and goodness.
“It is not my achievements; it’s our achievements as Nigerians, Africans and the Black race.
“Glory be to God Almighty. Na God win Sir. Thank you again for the best wishes”.
KF Tirana appointed him as manager on December 2019.