Ernest Gjoka

Ernest Gjoka (born 25 January 1970) is an Albanian professional football coach who is currently the manager of Shkëndija in the Macedonian First League.

Ernest Gjoka
Personal information
Full name Ernest Gjoka
Date of birth (1970-01-25) 25 January 1970 (age 50)
Place of birth Tirana, Albania
Club information
Current team
Teams managed
Years Team
2010–2011 Apolonia
2011–2012 Kamza
2012 Tomori
2012 Apolonia
2012–2014 Flamurtari
2016–2017 Kukësi
2017–2018 Vllaznia
2018–2019 Kamza
2019 Kukësi
2019– Shkëndija

Managerial careerEdit


On 22 July 2016, Gjoka was appointed the new coach of Kukësi by signing a contract for the 2016–17 season.[1] On 24 August 2016, Gjoka won his first trophy, the Albanian Superliga, beating reigning Albanian Superliga champions Skënderbeu 3–1.[2] He did not win his first Albanian Superliga game as Kukësi manager, as Kukësi stuck into a goalless draw away to Vllaznia on 8 September 2016.[3] On 7 June 2017, Gjoka agreed a contract extension, signing until June 2018.[4] Gjoka was sacked the following month after Kukësi's elimination from the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round to Sheriff Tiraspol on away goal rule.[5][6]


On 19 October, Gjoka was announced as the new manager of Vllaznia.[7] He stated that he signed a contract based on the team's performances. Gjoka's first match as manager was in the 1-0 loss against Partizani on 22 October 2017, with an early goal scored by Milan Basrak.[8]

On 22 February 2018, Gjoka was attacked by a masked person with a knife following the end of a training session.[9] It was reported that the attacker was a relative of a Vllaznia player.[9] Gjoka emerged unharmed from the incident and the attacker got away.[9] The attack towards him was with the purpose of activating players by force.[10] In an interview the next day, he stated: "This is a problem that Shkodër has always had. They give the place to kids in undeserved way. If a kid doesn't deserve to be in the team, then he doesn't come. I know the real Shkodër city and the healthy part of the city that respects me.[10]


  1. ^ "Ernest Gjoka, trajneri i ri i Kukësit" [Ernest Gjoka, the new coach of Kukësi] (in Albanian). SuperSport Albania. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  2. ^ Rinald Bregasi (24 August 2016). "Kukësi fiton Superkupën e Shqipërisë" [Kukësi wins Albanian Supercup] (in Albanian). SuperSport Albania. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Vllaznia Shkodër vs. Kukësi 0 – 0". Soccerway. 8 September 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  4. ^ "ZYRTARE/ Gjoka-Kukësi, "martesa" vazhdon zyrtarisht" [OFFICIAL/ Gjoka-Kukësi “marriage” continues officially] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 7 June 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Kukësi eliminohet nga Champions League" [Kukësi eliminated from Champions League] (in Albanian). TV Klan. 19 July 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Largohet Ernest Gjoka, Kukësi befason me trajnerin e ri" [Ernest Gjoka leaves, Kukësi surprises with the new coach] (in Albanian). 24 July 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Zyrtare: Gjoka trajneri i ri i Vllaznisë" [Official: Gjoka the new coach of Vllaznia] (in Albanian). 19 October 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Vllaznia Shkodër vs. Partizani Tirana 0 – 1". Soccerway. 22 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  9. ^ a b c "Skandal në Shkodër, sulmohet me thikë Ernest Gjoka!" [Scandal in Shkodër, Ernest Gjoka attacked with knife!] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 22 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Gjoka: Nuk dorëzohem. Sulmi ndaj meje, për të aktivizuar lojtarë me zor" [Gjoka: I don't give up. The attack to me, to activate players by force] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 22 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.

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