Eymael responds to Komphela


Luc Eymael has issued a response to Steve Komphela's plea to PSL clubs to never employ the Belgian coach's services again.

Komphela, who has clearly not forgiven Eymael for allegedly campaigning for his job when he was still at Kaizer Chiefs, recently pulled no punches regarding what he thinks of the former Polokwane City and Free State Stars coach.

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Eymael, who now looks set to take over at Black Leopards following the sacking of Lionel Soccoia, has hit back.

"I understand the agitations of the beginning of the season. I have been in the industry for more than nine years as a professional coach. This is a delicate period for the coaches in place, not only in South Africa.

"It seems that some people without knowing me personally like to criticise me. You know that I have high feelings that unite me to the South African people and their football. I was recently very sad about the last [xenophobic] events that happened in the country one week ago. However, I do not want to enter into this kind of controversy.

"My personal values ​​prevent me from showing disrespect to anyone. Personally I do not feel any animosity towards anyone. Personally I never looked to other coaches as an enemy, but opponents, against whom I have always fought with respect. 

"Wherever I went, I think I left good memories. I always tried to do my best at 200 percent for the club that I was representing and for my players. You just have to ask to my former players. That's what makes me most proud.

"You know when we separated with Free State Stars, another coach came in and it's like that in all the clubs all over the world. I think I never said anything wrong on my successor or on the personality of anybody.

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"I am a true Christian, I can make mistakes, or my words could have been wrongly understood or interpreted. If I have hurt somebody I want to apologise for that. But the Bible is saying that we are all human beings with our qualities and weaknesses but in life you must learn to also forgive your neighbour.

"Now I think that if a club or its chairman wants to hire a coach because he works well or because he has good records, and I'm not only talking about me but generally, I do not think it is up to another person who is not on the board of this club to tell the president not to hire this coach or another one.

"I think at the end of the day we are all human beings, we all deserve to work, we all deserve a chance, we all deserve to be well known personally or privately.

"When you do not know people, you often have so-called prejudices about the person, but before judging and criticising someone, I think you have to get to know him really."