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Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael passes on Gabonese trialist

Posted: 9 July 2018 Time: 16:00

Free State Stars head coach Luc Eymael says a lack of pace is one of the reasons why he decided against signing Gabonese striker Johan Lenguoalama.

The 25-year-old had been training with the Bethlehem-based side with the aim of landing himself a deal. But after assessing Lenguoalama in yesterday's pre-season friendly against Maccabi FC, Eymael decided to let him go.

"The friendly we won 1-0, but we could have won maybe 4-0," Eymael tells

"But for the rest, the Gabonese striker was not doing enough so he is going back to Gabon today. We played three times 45 minutes and you know I had to play 26 players so you need good cohesion, but it's okay. I'm happy about the performance of the guys, just that now we will have a meeting with Rantsi [Stars official, Mokoena] about certain players.

"The flight for the Gabonese striker is already booked so he will leave for Gabon today. I don't know what time is the plane [leaving]. I think the pace of the game is too fast for him. But I know him, he doesn't have good statistics. It's not me who brought him here ... it's okay, that's not a problem, but I know him because I coached in Gabon, so I know."

Article by: Sipho Mlotha
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