Eymael downplays bad blood talk
Posted: 19 September 2017 Time: 15:14
Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael has downplayed suggestions tonight's match with Polokwane City is personal following his troubled history with Rise and Shine.
Eymael spent a great deal of last season sidelined at City after the club - with the backing of the PSL - refused to accept his resignation prior to his attempted move to Bloemfontein Celtic.
The Belgian eventually secured his release in July, and comes face-to-face with his ex-employers for the first time this evening following his arrival at Stars last month at the expense of Sammy Troughton.
Ea Lla Koto are desperate for a result as they are in the relegation zone with a point from four matches, having lost 1-0 at Baroka in their previous assignment.
"You know I don't have only enemies in Polokwane. I'm talking not only about the club... I have friends," Eymael tells KickOff.com.
"What people are thinking is their problem... I don't think about that at all. It's a soccer game not a war. So in each soccer game you have only three solutions: lose, draw or win. And you can be sure in our position after two losses we need to collect points."
Eymael is well aware of the threat posed by Bernard Molekwa's charges, who beat African champions Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 in Tshwane in August but are coming off the back of successive losses to Celtic and Ajax Cape Town.
"Every game mathematically is the same. When they won 10 days ago against Sundowns everybody said Polokwane again is doing well. Now they lost two games they are saying the opposite.
"You know in this well-balanced league you win two or three times in a row you are in top four. You lose two times in a row you are between 10 and 16.
"They have their structure, they are still well organised. They still have good players who can alternate nice combinations of play and fast attacks on the counter. They are at home, they will do everything to bounce back."
Kick-off is at 19h30 at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.