Eymael questions SAFA’s intentions

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Newly appointed Chippa United head coach Luc Eymael has responded to the statement by the South African Football Association (SAFA) that they intend to block his issuing of a work permit in the country through the ministry of home affairs.

Eymael was on Wednesday announced as head coach of the ‘Chilli Boys’ until the end of the season.

But SAFA quickly expressed their disapproval of the appointment calling the Belgian coach an unrepentant racist.

SAFA’s reaction comes after Eymael was dismissed by Tanzania club Young Africans for calling their fans ‘monkeys and dogs’ while slamming the entire East African nation for their lack of knowledge on football.

“Yes, I read the statement of SAFA. My lawyer wrote to SAFA one month ago after they released a statement (in July). I am very surprised because they (Safa) never sent me anything,” Eymael told FARPost on Wednesday.

“Why didn’t Safa let me know? And on which basis is safa taking a decision? Which basis? Which judgment do they have? I have been working for 10 years in Africa and I have never had a problem.

“Do you think for one minute if I was racist, I could have stayed 10 years in Africa? It’s impossible. I am very surprised because it’s like its political interference you know. I have all the evidence on my phone that the big boss of Yanga recommended me to Azam. So how can they recommend me to Azam (Tanzanian club) if I am a racist person? If I really did bad things in Yanga? “, asked Eymael.

“I am telling you I never said those words, that’s first of all. I have never been found guilty, I never went to a DC, and I never had any termination of contract letter (from Yanga). I never received any contract termination letter.”

On whether he regrets the comments he made prior to his sacking as Yanga head coach, this is what Eymael had to say:

“I am telling you I didn’t say that, I know what I said. There has been two audios and one video clip (from the incident). I was speaking to two African people that I engaged in Yanga, the video was by the fitness coach who is now at Sundowns okay.”

The 61-year-old has also confirmed to this publication that he has agreed in principle to join the Port Elizabeth side but has not yet officially signed the contract.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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