The Belgian tactician explains to Goal that he was not able to train the team on Tuesday because ‘I had personal and pressing matters to attend to’
By Dennis Mabuka
AFC Leopards coach Luc Eymael on Tuesday skipped the team’s training session at Moi Kasarani.
Eymael confirmed to Goal that he was not able to train the team because ‘I had personal and pressing matters to attend to.”
“It is true that I was not in charge of the team’s training today (Tuesday). Nicholas Muyoti took the mantle and the good thing is we kept communicating.
‘Nic (Muyoti) told me that all went well and the team is in high spirits ahead of weekend league match against Ulinzi Stars at Afraha Stadium. I will link up with the team tomorrow (Wednesday) at City Stadium.”
The Belgian’s move to skip training comes barely a day after he threatened to quit if the club’s top hierarchy did not switch the team’s venue from Marist International College grounds in Karen.
“The pitch is not good for playing football. It is very bumpy, hard hence dangerous for use. I and my technical bench have on several occasions complained to the EC on the same but no one seems bothered. I must protect my players’ because they earn a living from playing football and to allow them train at the venue is a big risk,” Eymael told Goal on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Belgian tactician has revealed that he benched speedy winger Paul Were during the match against Sofapaka because he missed two training sessions without ‘tangible explanation.’
“I benched Were because prior to the match, he skipped two training sessions which were very important. After grilling him, he never gave me a concrete answer.
“AFC Leopards’ is a big team and all the players’ are equal. I pick players who start in a match on merit. It was not a good decision by Were but hopefully he (Were) learnt a lesson or two.”
Were was introduced as a second substitute and went on to set up former Tusker midfielder Peter ‘Pinchez’ Opiyo to notch home the winner that moved Ingwe to third spot in the 16-team table standings.