Black Leopards coach Luc Eymael has played down the now famous conflict between him and Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela ahead of the Absa Premiership clash at Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday.
Eymael and Komphela were involved in a war of words prior to the Belgian’s return to South Africa 2 months ago.
The uproar was started when Komphela urged Premier Soccer League club bosses not to hire Eymael because he is ‘disrespectful’.
The former Polokwane City and Free State Stars coach did not take kindly to Komphela’s statements and retaliated with words of disapproval and disappointment to the remarks.
The two men will now face each other again and Eymael says he has long forgotten about the fallout.
“I will be there to welcome him like I welcome all the coaches at Thohoyandou. I have said for a long time that this story is finished for me and I don’t want anymore to talk about that I want to focus on the job that I have to do at Black Leopards. So, I will welcome him as usual like other coaches, I have a job to do at Leopards and it’s already difficult.”
Komphela also told FARPost.co.za midweek that the incident is a thing of the past and said he doesn’t hold grudges.
“We don’t hold grudges, we move on but we are quite cautious of the terrain. You better move on but you must open your eyes and ears to see everything. That one is got dead rubber – I don’t even respond to that,” he said.
Eymael who is a former Club DJ back in Belgium is often criticised for his outspoken character that sometimes find him ‘stepping on people’s toes’.
The 60-year-old attracted interest from Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United in 2018 but the two teams reportedly lost interest when Eymael gave them an ultimatum to hire him before a certain date or he would go back to Free State Stars where he was head coach.
By Ofhani Munyai