Eymael enjoyed B-day present
Posted: 24 September 2017 Time: 19:30
Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael insisted his troubles with Polokwane City are in the past after his team gave him a birthday present with their first win of the season over Rise and Shine.
Eymael spent much of 2016/17 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 came out smiling when Ea Lla Koto edged Bernard Molekwa's charges 3-2 at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday - the same night he celebrated his 58th birthday.
"The players wanted to give me the best gift that they could give to me, and you know three points was a very good gift for my birthday," Eymael told KickOff.com.
"We are happy for the win, We are delighted and I heap praise on my players for fighting with big guts. I think we deserved this win, We were outplaying Polokwane, during the 15th to 30th minute it was 0-3 for us."
Stars had skipper Paulus Masehe sent off for a second bookable offence but the visitors held firm.
"You know after that, after the red card it becomes a bit difficult. But you know we played more than 60 minutes with 10 against 11 but my players fought very hard. We knew that Polokwane will use long balls in the second half to try to equalise and to throw all the other guys forward... the first goal of [Walter] Musona and the second one on a corner... I'm a bit disappointed about that because everybody knew his position and who has to take what... but that's okay, that's part of football.
"Finally we collected the three points. But like I said, it's the same three points like if we collect three points in the next game or in another game. The things with Polokwane for me is part of the past and I have to focus on the present and the future."
Eymael hopes the result reflects a growing understanding with his players.
"For that you have to ask the players because if I'm replying myself it will be a bit arrogant, but like I told you we've been working hard since the beginning. We are improving a lot, what we needed was just a win. What we needed was also to transfer what we are learning at the training to match day. Yeah , I think we can build on this win."
Eymael's side, with four points from five games, next visit Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on September 29.