Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael reveals insight into Edward Manqele departure
Posted: 29 January 2018 Time: 14:00
Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael has explained the back-story behind Edward Manqele’s exit from the club, and says he was left saddened by the way the striker left the team.
As revealed by KickOff.com, the former Kaizer Chiefs striker is set for a return to Chippa United after being handed his clearance by Ea Lla Koto, just five months after signing for the Free State club.
Stars coach Eymael has now explained how the forward’s exit came about while also touching on Bidvest Wits’ alleged approach for Mohammed Anas, revealing that he did not want to hold on to a player who was not in the right frame of mind in Bethlehem.
“Anas and Manqele came to us,” Eymael said. “Anas told us he was contacted by Wits directly before the Wits game [on 5 January], while on the same day, Manqele told us he was contacted by Chippa. I asked him if he was sure, and he told me, ‘Yes, coach, please let me go’. He said he was struggling financially, and had some private issues, and said Chippa were offering a better contract. We called Chippa, who said they were interested, but wanted him for free.
“We didn’t want to let him go for free, but after some time I saw his spirit wasn’t there, and I told my boss it’s better to let him go because we need players who are focused on what they are trying to do here. If a player has private or financial issues, it’s better to let him go, as we’d be helping him.
“So we called him in and told him it was okay, and that we’d let him go for free to Chippa, no problem. And in two minutes, he had signed.”
Yet Eymael says Manqele, who scored three goals in nine appearances in his second spell with the club, was ungrateful after going through the exit door.
“He didn’t say thank you or anything,” the Belgian said. “When I arrived, he was very, very big, and he lost more than 20kg with me. He’s never been this thin as he’s been with me. Unfortunately he didn’t say thank you or anything, and now he’s signed, but now I didn’t know what is happening with Chippa – they are waiting, but I’m not sure for what.
“So that’s the story of Manqele – I don’t know if he’ll tell you a different story, but that’s the real story – unfortunately it’s like that, and I hope the boy will find a team. I didn’t have any problem with Manqele – he’s a clever player in ball possession, but the problem is off the ball – in football you have to make lots of runs.”
Eymael then shed light on the alleged approach by Wits for Anas, saying he was told the club did not contact the striker.
“With Wits, Jose [Ferreira] told us that nobody had contacted Anas, so if it’s true, we don’t know,” he said.
Stars, who have brought in Congolese midfielder Harris Tchilimbou this January, are poised to announce the arrival of Belgian forward Maxime Cosse as they look to continue their impressive run so far this campaign.