Controversial coach Luc Eymael has been fired with immediate effect by Tanzania Premier League outfit Yanga Africans after calling the club fans “uneducated monkeys”
Luc Eymael joined the Tanzanian club in January from South African Absa Premiership outfit Black Leopards.
During an interview on Saturday, the embattled coach said he doesn’t enjoy being in Tanzania and lashed out at club fans.
“I don’t enjoy your country [Tanzania ]. You’re uneducated people. I am disgusted, I don’t have a car, Wi-Fi or DSTV. These fans don’t know anything about football. It’s like monkeys or dogs when they’re shouting.”
The Belgian coach blamed Yanga’s woes on the Tanzania FA showing favoritism to their arch-rivals Simba who have won the 3 straight seasons.
“You have officials who are always officiating against you because you are a poor club and you don’t have any weight at the federation.”
Yanga Africans issued a statement on Monday after racist comments made by their Belgian coach and said Eymael must leave the country with immediate effect
“The Yanga Club leadership is saddened by the rude and discriminatory statements made by its coach Luc Eymael and spread on social media,” the Tanzanian club said.
“Due to these racist statements‚ the Yanga Club leadership has decided to fire coach Luc Eymael from today (27 July 2020) and ensure he leaves the country as soon as possible.”
Yanga Africans management also apologised to the country’s leadership and the public.
“Yanga leadership apologises to the country’s leaders‚ the leadership of the Tanzania Football Federation‚ Lions Club leaders‚ members‚ fans and fans of Yanga‚ as well as the general public for the offensive and insulting statements made by the coach Luc Eymael.
“Yanga Club values and believes in the principles of discipline and dignity‚ and opposes any form of Discrimination.”
Eymael has reportedly apologised for his comments and it remains to be seen if he will ever be offered a coaching job on the continent again after this outburst.
During his time in the ABSA premiership, Eymael coached Polokwane City, Free State Stars and Leopards. He had bad blood with outspoken Steve Kompela the Lamontville Golden Arrows coach. Steve Kompela warned South African teams against hiring Luc Eymael back in the country.
Steve Kompela equates hiring Eymael back in the country to bringing apartheid back in the country.
“Don’t bring Luc Eymael here. When Luc Eymael comes back to South Africa, we will go back to history, we will unpack history. The truth will come out, he must stay where he is, but if people want to learn more about history, they must bring him back,” he said.