South Africa Premier League side Chippa United have announced they have cancelled the appointment of controversial Belgian coach Luc Eymael.
This comes barely 24 hours after Eymael had been confirmed as replacement for Lehlohonolo Seema.
On Wednesday December 23, 2020, the club said Eymael had taken over adding, that his first match in charge would be the DSTV Premiership fixture against SuperSport United at Lucas Moripe Stadium when the season resumes in the New Year on 6 January 2021.
However, the news was never music into many a fans’ ears.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) said it was dismayed by the news of the appointment of the unrepentant racist, Luc Eymael, as head coach of Chippa United FC.
‘In July this year, SAFA joined the rest of the progressive world in condemning Eymael after he was fired by Young Africans FC of Tanzania for referring to the club supporters as monkeys and dogs who know nothing about football.
‘We find it deeply offensive that as the global football community is united in solidarity around the Black Lives Matter campaign, Chippa United FC would see it fit to hire such a character to work in the city named after the founding father of the nation, Tata Nelson Mandela, the champion of a world free of racism and other forms of discrimination,” SAFA said on Wednesday.
As a result of pressure put on the club authorities from all over Africa,the appointment has been dramatically cancelled.
“After having announced Mr. Eymael’s appointment until the end of the season on
Wednesday, 23 December 2020 – the Club has considered public outrage. There was also the reputational damage caused to our brand; and that of our stakeholders, partners as well as our sponsors,” the club Thursday said in a statement.
“We would like to clarify that the initial decision to make this appointment was based on Mr. Eymael’s coaching track record, where we felt he was the best person to take the Club towards our desired top half finish in this DSTV Premiership season.
“Outside of the written reports, there was no formal instruction – to us or to any other team- to not employ Mr. Eymael.
“However, as the Pride of Eastern Cape, we represent the legacies of world renowned anti-
discrimination heroes that come from our Province.”
Eymael was fired by Tanzania’s Young Africans for referring to the club supporters as monkeys and dogs who know nothing about football.
According to media reports, the Chilli boys are now considering employing to former Orlando Pirates coach Owen Da Gama.
Chippa United is home to Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Watenga Isma who joined them from Sundowns on a long term loan.