Pitso: Eymael deserved COM award
Posted: 19 January 2018 Time: 15:30
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has admitted Free State Stars counterpart Luc Eymael deserved the Absa Premiership Coach of the Month award ahead of him.
Mosimane was this week named the league’s Coach of the Month for December, after guiding Sundowns through four victories and one defeat last month.
However, it was surprising that Eymael missed out on the award after leading his side through three wins and one loss to help them move from 10th position on the log at the start of the month to third place by the Christmas break.
‘Jingles’ conceded that the Belgian tactician deserved the gong, considering his performance with considerably less resources than himself and other coaches at ‘bigger’ clubs.
“I think he [Eymael] deserves to have won it, to be honest. I don’t know how or what made me to be here [laughs], but I can appreciate and take it,” said Mosimane.
“A lot of coaches are doing very well, not only Luc Eymael. Fadlu Davids is unbelievable, it doesn’t matter that they lost in midweek [to SuperSport United] – he’s brilliant.
“But I’m not surprised to see the kind of performances at Free State Stars, and Eymael doesn’t have the luxury of players that people like myself, Steve Komphela, Gavin Hunt and Eric Tinkler have – we’ve got the luxury, we’ve got no excuses not to make it.
“But he’s been doing it with not really, so-called, ‘big’ players and he has done well.”
Mosimane further praised Maritzburg United and Chippa United’s mentors, before admitting he’s grown to enjoy playing against Eymael’s teams since his arrival in the PSL.
“Coaches like Fadlu needs to be appreciated, those are the coaches I’d like to see winning awards like these, and to be recognised ,” said Mosimane.
“Teboho Moloi has shown that he’s been an assistant for more than 10 years and it’s his time now, and he was here [to receive the November award] – why not?
“There’s a lot of good work being done by coaches, and Luc is one of them, that’s why Free State Stars is there [in second place on the log].
“And we like to play against them – friendly games and all that – because I know when I need a very good, competitive friendly game, he’s the one I can call.
“Even when he was at Polokwane City, I used to say to him, ‘Come, let’s play’.”