Belgian coach Luc Eymael has defended his comments describing Tanzanian football followers as “monkeys and stupid” over the weekend.
Eymael was fired with immediate effect by Tanzania Premier League side Yanga Africans SC and the coach has come out stating that his utterances were taken the wrong way.
“I have seen the statement but it’s in Swahili but until now I have not received anything from the club. But what they are doing is tarnishing my name, I don’t appreciate that,” said Eymael an interview on SA FM.
The former Free State Stars coach Eymael is no stranger to controversy as in January, he accused match officials in Tanzania of being racists. He also had an ice-capped relationship with Lamontville Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela during his tenure in the Absa Premiership.
“How can I work in South Africa and be racist? They took my words out of context. It’s unfortunate. Everyone knows I’m not racist.
“How can I hug people in South Africa and jump in their arms if I am a racist. This is a provocation because I sent this podcast to only one person and unfortunately, now it’s taken so many dimensions. But everyone who knows me, knows I am not racist,” added Eymael.
Meanwhile, Yanga General Secretary Simon Patrick Wakili said they can’t have racists individuals within their club hence the termination of Eymael after his racial remarks.
“He said our leaders are Zero, he accused the Federation of belonging to Simba. We believe that for us as the club, it’s not good that we employ this person,” said Wakili.
All the fans are disappointed, they really loved him. But from nowhere, he calls them dogs, monkeys and uneducated”
“We think the best decision would be for him to leave the country as soon as possible because it’s no longer safe.
“Our statement confirms that he has been dismissed, even though we finished second on the log. But these are racist statements. He called all Tanzanians stupid people,” concluded Wakili.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi