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Free State Stars' Rantsi Mokoena responds to talk linking Luc Eymael with Kaizer Chiefs

Posted: 18 April 2018 Time: 10:00

Free State Stars general manager Rantsi Mokoena says PSL clubs other than Kaizer Chiefs have shown an interest in the services of coach Luc Eymael.

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Eymael has been linked to the SuperSport United and Chiefs hotseats, with the latter expected to be vacated when Steve Komphela's three-year contract expires in June at Naturena.

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Mokoena, however, says Ea Lla Koto are yet to be approached directly.

“He has been approached by other clubs other than Chiefs actually that I know about and he told me about it,” Mokoena said.

“He came to the office and says these guys called me, and sometimes he will receive a call in my presence and his answer has been very consistent: 'Gentlemen I'm very happy where I am. I want to achieve something here'. And we take it as a compliment because he has found a home and he is settling in well. We tried everything in our power to make sure he is happy.”

Mokoena is nevertheless mindful there are few guarantees in football.

“With regards to the coach possibly going to Chiefs or not, only he and Chiefs have an answer to that. As far as I'm concerned or we are concerned the coach and the club; we have had numerous conversations. He spoke about him being frank. He is very open to me and I'm open to him. We have a contract that we both respect, we know the terms of the contract.

“I think the fact that we constantly talk about Free State Stars planning the way forward in terms of next season the future of the club, I'm very confident that come the beginning of 2018/19 Luc will be on the bench.

“But this is football and every time the window opens, a lot of things happen. But I can say with confidence that Luc will be here. But with the years I have in football, I will leave room for disappointment.”

Mokoena added: “I'm not necessarily saying he will move or he is moving. I also believe that Chiefs being the professional team they are and the relationship I have with them, they will at least respect us enough to give us a call and say, 'Guys we are interested in this and that and how do we work out a way going forward'.

“I will not read about it in the newspapers, so that's my take.”

Stars and Amakhosi will meet in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday (20h15).

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Article by: Rofhiwa Lihaiwa
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