Eymael partly responsible for destabilising relegated Stars – Komphela

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Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has launched a stinging attack on ex-Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael, saying he is arrogant and insolent, adding that his lack of respect could also be one of the reasons why Ea Lla Koto were relegated from the Absa Premiership.

The Belgian led the Bethlehem-based club to the Nedbank Cup title last year, and whilst doing so, issued a come-and-get-me ultimatum to Amakhosi, who Komphela was coaching at the time.

He eventually did not get the Chiefs job, while Komphela also departed the club, but his approach has drawn an outburst from the current Lamontville Golden Arrows coach.

Eymael’s achievements with Stars received widespread praise, with a club generally associated with struggling season in and out.

The 59-year-old has made some good impressions since he started coaching in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) at Polokwane City back in 2016, where he first impressed, before breaching his contract to join Bloemfontein Celtic, who also disassociated themselves with him after finding he had went against his Rise and Shine contract to join them.

Komphela made some startling revelations about what Eymael did last season, saying his behaviour also destabilised his former club Stars.

Komphela also accused Eymael of trying to bring about segregation in football, adding that his behaviour  should be strongly condemned

The 51-year-old suggested that the Belgian should not try to be a colonialist wanting to create divisions in Africa.

Meanwhile, Komphela says he was deeply saddened by what had happened at Free State Stars over the past season.

Following the departure of a distracted Eymael in last November, the Bethlehem-based outfit battled to find any rhythm or system and struggled for the entire campaign.

His replacement, the Serb Nikola Kavazovic, constantly criticised him through the remainder of the term for leaving a mess at Ea Lla Koto, before they were eventually relegated on the final day of the season just over two weeks ago.

Komphela is deeply saddened by their demotion and hopes they can bounce back immediately. – Report by Thahir Asmal