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Ndubuisi Emmanuel Egbo laments decline of Nigerian talents in top clubs

Posted : 09 November 2023
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Ndubuisi Emmanuel Egbo has raised serious concerns about the decreasing presence of Nigerian footballers in top European clubs. In a recent interview, Egbo lamented the sharp decline compared to earlier periods when Nigerian players were prominent in some of the continent's biggest football clubs.

Highlighting the contrast, Egbo recalled a time when iconic Nigerian players like Nwankwo Kanu and Austin Okocha graced renowned clubs such as Arsenal and PSG. Celestine Babayaro, during Egbo's 12 caps for the Super Eagles, was Chelsea's left-back. However, he expressed worry that the current scenario is vastly different.

While acknowledging exceptions like Victor Osimhen (Napoli), Samuel Chukwueze (AC Milan), Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen), and Ademola Lookman (Atalanta), Egbo emphasized that a majority of Nigerian players now find themselves in mid-table clubs or even lower divisions.

Egbo, drawing from his own experiences, underscored the potential impact of this trend on the performance of the Nigerian national team. According to him, having fewer players in strong European teams could adversely affect the overall team performance.

The coach, originally from Aba, Nigeria, retired from active football in 2011 and seamlessly transitioned into coaching. In 2020, Egbo made history by guiding Albanian club KF Tirana to their first league title in a decade, becoming the first African coach to win a European championship.


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