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'They Threw A Banana At Me, They Spat At Me'

A former PSL player, who has become the first-ever African manager to have qualified for the UEFA Champions League, has now revealed the racist abuse he has suffered on his historical journey.

African Manager Makes History In Europe

A week ago, Emmanuel Ndubuisi Egbo became the first African boss to take his side to the qualification stage of Europe's elite competition, something he has achieved with KF Tirana of Albania.

In a recent interview, the Nigerian, who once played for Moroka Swallows as a goalkeeper, has now explained how many people in the small European country did not want him to be successful, especially because of the colour of his skin.

"There are people who don't want me to win because of my colour. There is racism. One game, they threw a banana at me. They spat at me," he told BBC Sport.

"The officials of the Albanian FA did not do anything, because it was an away game and they had a white set of fans. The police and security were there – and nobody did anything.

"They were afraid of the fans there. I couldn't do anything. I just had to accept it.

"I said to them, 'Have you finished'? They wanted the ground to open up for them to disappear."

Egbo is thrilled that his achievement has been so well received by other Africans, comparing it to when Barack Obama was voted president of the US.

"My fellow Africans said, 'You don't know what you've done for us by winning this championship,'" he continued.

"It is just like when Obama won the presidency in America. That's exactly how it is seen here.

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"If you look at the English Premier League, you rarely see any dark-skinned coaches there. You have to go into the National League before you see that.

"I feel both joy and sadness. We are not given enough opportunities. We only want the same opportunities. It is just like what Black Lives Matter are doing, but in the football circles, to give opportunities to those who deserve them."

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