ANYTHING Belgian Luc Eymael has touched since he began coaching in Africa has turned to gold, which best explains the protracted tug of war between Bloemfontein Celtic and Polokwane City over his services.
Born 57 years ago in the southeast Tongeren, the former goalkeeper who famously played over 700 matches, has become a journeyman, a successful one for that matter, since he began coaching in the continent in 2010.
At Polokwane City, the holder of a UEFA Pro Licence, the highest football coaching qualification in the game, he was again working his magic with the modest side, which was on course to finish inside the top eight for the first time in history.
Eymael led City to a top five position in the first half of current season before resigning in March and later joining Celtic, a move which has angered Rise and Shine management to the extent of lodging a complaint with the Premier Soccer League.
The deadlock has seen him miss a number of matches, and coincided with City’s downslide in the league and a revival of Celtic’s fortunes.
He is coaching at Celtic but not allowed to sit on the bench as the tug of war drags on.
Whatever the outcome of the case at the PSL, Eymael’s influence since moving to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2010 makes him a prized possession worth fighting for.
In his first season with AS Vita, he guided to the league title ahead of archrivals TP Mazembe.
In 2010–11 he led Gabon outfit Missile to the league title, which was the first national title won in the history of the club.
He would move to Kenya in 2013. He finished runnerup with AFC Leopards, a decent achievement as he had taken over the side fighting relegation.
The side eventually won the 2013 FKF President’s Cup and qualified for the CAF Confederation Cup.
Eymael later ventured to Rwanda.
During his stint at Rayon Sports, his side narrowly lost in the knockout stages to DRC’s AFC Leopards in the
2014 Champions League. He won praise after the side finished second in the 2013–14 Rwanda National Football League.
Eymael resigned at the end of the campaign. There was speculation he would join South African side, Orlando
Pirates late 2015 amid reports an agreement.
He would join Sudanese side Al-Merrikh SC instead on a one year contract.
The team qualified for the Second Round of the CAF Champions League where they narrowly lost on aggregate to Algerian side, ES Sétif.
Eymael’s side was also narrowly eliminated in the Play-off round of the 2016 CAF Confederation Cup by Moroccans Kawkab Marrakech.
The Belgian moved to South Africa in July 2016 when he joined City ahead of the current season.
With this record in Africa, it is wonder City are prepared to mount such a long-drawn-out challenge and Celtic are putting up a fight, for his services – CAJ News