Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael not angry after Kaizer Chiefs snub

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The Ea Lla Koto boss has wished Amakhosi's new coach all the best for the upcoming 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season

Following their loss to Kaizer Chiefs in the 2018 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup final on Saturday, Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael has praised the appointment of new Amakhosi coach Giovanni Solinas.

The Belgian manager also spoke out about his failure to land the job at Naturena despite being heavily linked with the move.

Chiefs were on the lookout for Steve Komphela’s successor after the former Bafana Bafana skipper resigned in April after losing 2-0 to Ea Lla Koto in the Nedbank Cup.

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter, former Ghana coach Avram Grant and Eymael were all linked with the job, but the Soweto giants opted for the former Ea Lla Koto boss.

Moreover, Eymael was also touted to replace Eric Tinkler at SuperSport United, but has since returned to Bethlehem. 

However, the former Polokwane City boss wished Solinas the best of luck as he takes over at Chiefs and insisted that he is not bitter after missing out on the Chiefs job.

"He speaks French and he was at Stars when I was at Polokwane City and he was also in Algeria at ES Setif," Eymael was quoted as saying by SowetanLive.

"He's a good coach who likes his team to play with plenty of possession so all the best to him at Kaizer Chiefs," Eymael added.

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"If no big team wants to sign me, it's no problem. I have said before that I will show commitment to Stars if no concrete offer comes in," concluded the coach.

With Solinas yet to finalise his work permit, he could only watch from the stands as Amakhosi clinched the pre-season tournament in the North West province on Saturday.

However, he could be on the bench when Chiefs meet Mamelodi Sundowns in the inaugural Shell Helix Cup at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

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