Thursday Jan 11, 2018. 13:30
Ahead of their second 2018 Absa Premiership match against Cape Town City this weekend, Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael has revealed their targets.
The Belgian mentor said a top eight finish is what he is targeting.
Eymael led minnows Polokwane City to their first top eight finish last term and says he wants to repeat that feat with Ea Lla Koto this season.
Fresh from a 1-0 win over struggling reigning league champions Bidvest Wits, Eymael has revealed they have signed a new goalkeeper coach in Moured Selmi.
“We have played 16 games – 14 games remain. So it’s too early to say that we will be in the top three or top four‚” he said to TimesLive.
“When I said to the media that I wanted to take Free State Stars into the top eight I think everyone was thinking that Luc Eymael is Mickey Mouse‚ he’s not humble.
“But if I did it with Polokwane City why not with Stars?
“But OK‚ with what I am giving from my kind of training‚ I know my style and how I am working.
"We reinforced the technical team with a new goalkeeper-coach (Tunisian Moured Selmi‚ who worked with Eymael in Sudan). Maybe we will change more next year.”
Speaking about their next game against Benni McCarthy’s troops, he added that they will fight to avenge their 1-0 loss in the Mother City from earlier in the season.
“You have to take one game at a time. Our next is against Cape Town City (at Goble Park on Saturday),” adds the mentor.
“We lost 1-0 there on a really stupid goal‚ and I hope we will get our revenge.
“But we have to be realistic keep our feet on the ground‚ work harder and remain focused.”