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Ex-AFC Leopards coach Luc Eymael pulls out of the race to handle Gor Mahia

14:18 WAT 21/11/2018
Luc Eymael, Free State Stars
The Belgian was among the 30 coaches, who had shown keen interest to succeed Dylan Kerr, who left to join Black Leopards

Luc Eymael has withdrawn from the race to handle Kenyan champions Gor Mahia.

The Belgian was among the coaches, who had shown keen interest to succeed Dylan Kerr, who resigned last week to join Black Leopards of South Africa. But the former AFC Leopards coach has now told Goal that he will not be coming to Kenya to take up the vacant role at K’Ogalo.

“I will not come to Kenya and have taken that decision. I will not sign for Gor Mahia. I will let you know when I sign for another club but it will not be Gor Mahia. The club is yet to get back to me and I already have other offers on the table that I will consider.

“It is one week since I resigned from Free State Stars and have already received the release letter from the club. So I need to consider the options that I have on the table and get started again. Like I told you, I already miss the dugout and want to make a quick return.”

The decision by the much travelled Eymael now leaves several coaches fighting to replace Kerr. On Tuesday, Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda exclusively told Goal that over 30 coaches had applied. Others in the list are former AFC Leopards coach Pieter De Jongh, Calum Shaun (England) and Olivier Karekezi formerly with Rayon Sports of Rwanda.

“The list is big, they are over 30 and we will have to let our technical committee to handle the matter. We will pass the names to the committee and then they will look at their CV’s before they give us the final three, whom we will then sit down as NEC to pick one but also under the committee's guidance.

“I am confident that we will have a new coach before the league kicks-off on December 8. We are not in a hurry because we want to get the best coach, who can carry on from where Dylan Kerr left and we must not rush but work closely with the committee to get the best coach for the club,” revealed Aduda.

Gor Mahia will face Malawi giants Nyasa Big Bullets in the first leg of the Caf Champions League on November 28 before the return leg on December 5.