Eymael: No Messi or Ronaldo in SA
Posted: 31 October 2017 Time: 16:00
Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael has refused to reserve praise for midfielder Sinethemba Jantjie, or any other player in his squad, as he stresses teamwork.
Jantijie put out an impressive display in their Telkom Knockout Last 16 clash away to Bidvest Wits on Saturday, despite his side losing 4-2 on the night.
The winger was influential in setting up both of Stars' goals, giving Wits defenders Reeve Frosler and Bongani Khumalo a tough time down the left flank.
However, Eymael, who was visibly irked by his side's defensive mistakes as well as the performance of the referee which cost them a place in the quarter-finals of the league cup, refused to acknowledge the contribution of the 28-year-old winger.
"He's the most exciting? That's your opinion, my man. I don't want to comment on that... I know he's my player but we are not playing with one player hey," argued the Belgian tactician.
"I don't think that here in South Africa you have Messi or Ronaldo, or Neymar, they are not playing here in South Africa, they are in Europe, I think.
"So, he's a member of the team and he alone cannot do what Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo is doing... Yes, he is good in the eleven and he is good in the team."
Furthermore, Eymael praised the mentality and behaviour of his entire squad, but also expressed his discontent at the pitfalls that lead to their defeat at the Bidvest Stadium.
"I have a very good mentailty in my team – the guys have a good behaviour on and off the field, and during training, which is the reason the team is improving so well," he added.
"It's very unfortunate, you see, Wednesday we play well, Saturday we play a very – how can I say – stupid game, because we were playing tennis not soccer, it was windy.
"We corrected that [against Wits] and we played good, passing football but unfortunately we had some chances we didn't score. We had some decisions against us and silly mistakes.
"When you add all these small details it becomes annoying when you are facing a side like Wits."