Ey­mael hints at rift over CAF

Con­fed Cup may take a back seat as Stars strug­gle

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Go­molemo Motshwane

Free State Stars coach Luc Ey­mael has ex­pressed his frus­tra­tions with his club’s board as the Bel­gian ex­pects to be in­structed to use fringe play­ers in the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup.

Ea Lla Koto qual­i­fied for the African com­pe­ti­tion for the first time af­ter win­ning the Ned­bank Cup in May.

The R7m cup win was the first time since 1994 that Stars clinched sil­ver­ware. But with re­sults in the PSL not go­ing their way, with 13 points from 13 games, Ey­mael an­tic­i­pates that he will be in­structed to put the CAF tour­ney on the back burner.

“I would like to play the CAF at 100% but I know that with these kind of re­sults it will not be the case,” the out­spo­ken Ey­mael lamented.

“I know the board will tell me to not take CAF se­ri­ously be­cause they are wor­ried about the league. It’s sad to fight for a full year for the club to be in the top six and bring the first cup in 24 years and bring the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup and not take it se­ri­ously.

“But I can un­der­stand my board. If they ask me that I have to re­spect that be­cause they don’t want to be in a po­si­tion other clubs have found them­selves where they strug­gle in the league be­cause of CAF com­pe­ti­tion.”

The Free State side suf­fered a 3-1 loss to Mamelodi Sun­downs in the week, and now have six losses, four draws and three wins in the league.

The 59-year-old says only di­vine in­ter­ven­tion against Su­perS­port United at Goble Park to­mor­row (8.15pm) and Or­lando Pi­rates there­after can take them out of the quag­mire.

“With 13 points, I don’t know. Maybe if we have a miracle and beat Su­perS­port and Or­lando Pi­rates and move to 19 points then maybe they will give me the au­tho­ri­sa­tion. But if not I know they will say to me, ‘fo­cus on the league’.”

I know the board will tell me to not take CAF se­ri­ously be­cause they are wor­ried...

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Free State Stars coach Luc Ey­mael.

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