Thoka reacts to Eymael’s ‘Baroka job request’


Baroka head coach Matsimela Thoka insists he is not bothered by the media reports that suggest that Belgian coach Luc Eymael has contacted the club bosses with the aim of taking over the reins.

Reports emerged on Sunday that Eymael has approached the club after being cleared by SAFA to work in the country again. SAFA had initially ‘banned’ the outspoken coach after allegedly calling fans of Tanzanian side Young Africans ‘illiterate and monkeys’.

Having been on the wanted list of Chippa United and Black Leopards before, the 61-year-old has reportedly eyed a move to Bakgaga who are currently under the capable hands of Thoka.

“That one I can’t focus more on it because if I do I will confuse myself,” Thoka told FARPost.

“For me, it’s just to focus on my job for now. For whatever everybody is saying, I don’t think it can help me. So for me it is just to make sure the team is getting the results with those 11 games remaining. If someone wants to coach Baroka they need to go and talk to the Chairman and not in the media,” he said.

When asked if he feels disrespected by the allegations, Thoka said his focus remains solely on qualifying for the top 8.

“I can’t say I am worried because someone is talking about my job or contacting my Chairman, that one I can’t worry much about it. It might be one or two people who are looking for my job, so I don’t have a problem with that that’s why I am saying I just need to focus on my job and make sure that my team is collecting points and be on the position that we are aiming for, which is the top 8,” he added.

Baroka will host Bloemfontein Celtic in their next league encounter at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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