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Top Coach Is Ready To Return To South Africa

Luc Eymael Has Been Cleared To Work In South Africa Again By SAFA Ethics Committee

After being named as head coach of Chippa United on two consecutive occasions this year, Eymael was barred from coaching in South Africa, owing to public and political pressure on owner Chippa Mpengesi.

Due to reports that he referred to fans of Tanzanian giants Young Africans as acting like'monkeys,' SAFA initially indicated that Eymael would not be granted a work permit to coach in South Africa again.

The SAFA Ethics Committee cleared Eymael of racism after a lengthy independent investigation, allowing the Belgian to return to work in the country.

"Mr Hustin analyzed several recordings and found that they had been tampered with in order to distort the meaning of the dialogue alluded to in these recordings," according to a report acquired by

"In the circumstances, the committee is unable to determine if Mr Eymael made any disparaging, offensive, or racist statements. As a result, Mr. Luc Eymael has been cleared of any misconduct."

During his stay in South Africa, Eymael played for the Free State Stars, Black Leopards, and Polokwane City, winning the 2018 Nedbank Cup with Ea Lla Koto.

"I would want to express my gratitude to Mr Tebogo from SAFA, Mr Alex and the entire SAFA ethics committee, as well as the chairperson who judged the matter and his team from SAFA for allowing for a comprehensive inquiry and providing me a fair trial," Eymeal added.

"I now want to put all of this behind me and focus on my true calling, which is football coaching."

"I'd want to return to South Africa, a country that holds a special place in my heart, and I'm hoping the opportunity will present itself soon."

Luc Eymael (born September 20, 1959) is a Belgian football manager and former player who is presently in charge of the Young Africans. In July 2020, he was sacked due to racial remarks.


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