Luc Eymael, Head coach of Free State Stars chats to media after the 2018 Nedbank Cup Final between Maritzburg United and Free State Stars at Cape Town Stadium on 19 May 2018 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix
Sunday May 20, 2018. 12:00
Free State Stars and new Nedbank Cup champion coach Luc Eymael insists he is not going anywhere just yet, despite massive speculation linking him with a move away from the Ea Lla Koto.
A first half goal from Goodman Dlamini handed Stars a 1-0 win over Maritzburg United in the final of the Nedbank Cup at the Cape Town Stadium in South Africa on Saturday night.
Speaking after the match Eymael praised his players efforts and highlighted the importance of keeping Maritzburg’s playmaker Andre Fileccia at bay.
“We have the cup. When you play the final, you have to win it and that is what we did,” said Eymael.
“We put a plan in place to beat their counterattack. We knew how their combinations work, repeating balls and overloading the midfield.
“We knew Fileccia would stretch our centre-backs and then I asked my wingers to come inside but they forgot to do it. But the goal we scored was the most sufficient of our counterattack.
“Everybody will remember Free State Stars winning the cup.
“I’m very happy for the fans, committee, players and my family.”
News will soon shift from Eymael’s Nedbank Cup to triumph to his future in South African sport.
There has been massive speculation surrounding the possible departure of the coach from Stars with clubs like SuperSport United and Kazier Chiefs interested in his services, but Eymael insists he is staying put for the time being.
“I see people are saying after the Nedbank Cup I’ll be going to Chiefs,” added the Ea Lla Koto coach.
“But I have not been contacted by anyone. And I’ll inform my bosses first, if I’m ever contacted.”