Eymael: I can bring success to Chiefs

Eymael: I can bring success to Chiefs
Belgian coach Luc Eymael

by Thando Mpembe

Thursday Feb 29, 2024. 13:50

Former Free State Stars head coach Luc Eymael believes he can bring back the glory days to Kaizer Chiefs and revealed reaching out to the club before they appointed Cavin Johnson as interim coach.

Eymael etched his name into Ea Lla Koto folklore when he delivered their first major trophy in 24 years with a 1-0 win over Maritzburg United 1-0 in the 2018 Nedbank Cup final.

The Belgian has also worked for Polokwane City and Black Leopards in South Africa and recently took over the reins of Les Aigles du Congo in the DR Congo.

Meanwhile, Johnson’s tenure at Chiefs isn’t going as planned after they were dumped out of the Nedbank Cup by Motsepe Foundation Championship outfit Milford on penalties in the round of 32 on Sunday and are set to go without silverware for a ninth successive season.

Eymael claims he made contact with the Glamour Boys after Molefi Ntseki was sacked in October, but admitted their response was not what he’d hoped for.

“We tried to discuss with Kaizer Chiefs, they knew my position, they knew my CV, I don’t know why they decided to go with Cavin Johnson,” he told KickOff.

“After Cavin Johnson won some games some people started to call him a Messiah. Not to criticise anybody, but I think Kaizer Chiefs have a very good team this season, lacking only one or two things.

“It’s been a long time now since they won any trophy. My work is talking for me after we succeeded at Free State Stars after 24 years of not winning any trophies.

“They have a good team to compete, but unfortunately, they couldn’t. There’s a problem with the competition for places, the desire for trophies, the guts of being consistent, the guts of winning… I can bring back all that.

“What I will say to the Chiefs players it’s the same thing I said to my boys at Free State Stars. At one stage we were number 2 in the league. When you enter the pitch wearing a Kaizer Chiefs kit you must aim for a win, this is one the biggest teams in Africa.

“Such clubs are all about winning trophies. You must hate losing. I contacted Chiefs some weeks before they announced Cavin Johnson as a head coach. It was at that time when my agent spoke to Kaizer Motaung Jnr, and the response was not a positive one.”

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