The South African Football Association (Safa) has vowed it will block controversial Belgian coach Luc Eymael’s move to Chippa United over his racist conduct earlier this year.
‘The Chilli Boys’ announced the appointment of the former Free State Stars coach on a season-long contract on Wednesday, to take over from Lehlohonolo Seema who has been relieved off his duties.
Safa had initially released a statement in July this year indicating their intentions to ban Eymael from working in South Africa after he called Tanzania fans of Young Africans ‘monkeys and dogs’ while slamming the entire East African nation for their lack of knowledge on football.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the football mother body says they will be writing to the Minister of Home Affairs to express its objection to the granting of a work permit for Eymael.
“The South African Football Association has learnt with dismay the news of the appointment of the unrepentant racist, Luc Eymael as Head Coach of Chippa United FC.
In July this year, SAFA joined the rest of the progressive world in condemning Eymael after he was fired by Young Africans FC of Tanzania for referring to the club supporters as monkeys and dogs who know nothing about football.
We find it deeply offensive that as the global football community is united in solidarity around the Black Lives Matter campaign, Chippa United FC would see it fit to hire such a character to work in the city named after the founding father of the nation, Tata Nelson Mandela, the champion of a world free of racism and other forms of discrimination.
SAFA will immediately be writing to the Minister of Home Affairs to express its objection to the granting of a work permit for him. We will also request the Ethics Committees of FIFA and SAFA to charge Mr Eymael as his despicable conduct is a violation of the codes of both bodies,” read the statement from Safa.
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By Ofhani Munyai