By Otieno Otieno
AFC Leopards vice-chairman Walter Onyingo has defended the club against accusations by new coach Luc Eymael that the executive committee has failed in giving him a positive working environment.
Reacting to the exclusive story in Goal.com, Onyino took issue with the Belgian tactician that a driver had not been sent to pick him for Monday’s training session and instead, claimed Eymael had refused to go for training.
“The driver tells us he was told by Eymael to go and pick him after 45 minutes but he was already late for training by then and so we take it that he did not want to go for training,” Onyino said.
He also dismissed claims by Eymael that he has not been allocated a good training ground.
“When he came we were training at Utalii grounds but he declined and he caused a revolt in the playing unit because now even the players cannot train at the venue.”
“We appreciate the fact that he is trying to raise the clubs’ standards but he must come back to reality. At this rate we may not have a training ground that is up to the standards he requires.”
Eymael on Tuesday revealed to Goal.com that AFC Leopards was not ready to hire services of a professional coach going by the problems he had aleady faced, almost two weeks after replacing sacked Tom Olaba.
“Yes…I can confirm that I skipped training on Monday because no car was availed to take me to the ground. A club like AFC Leopards should have worked on such issues even before hiring my services. That is how professional clubs I have managed in my entire career operate.”
“What I have clearly observed is that there is a lot of politicking in AFC Leopards. Even the top officials are not interested in what is happening to the team but are busy taking care of their various businesses. I am not a politician and did not come to Kenya to do politics but rather came to help the club win trophies.”