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COMMENT: Should Kaizer Chiefs Luc to Eymael for redemption?

1:51 PM WAT 25/04/2018
Luc Eymael of Free State Stars
Eymael recently guided Free State Stars to their first cup final in almost a decade, but is he the man to bring back the glory days at Chiefs?

Kaizer Chiefs' struggles continued again on Tuesday night as they went down 3-1 to Golden Arrows in Durban. 

The result somewhat vindicates Steve Komphela, who had to resign as head coach following last weekend's 2-0 loss to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals. 

It is evident that Amakhosi's problems cannot solely be pinned on Komphela alone, although some would argue that it would take time for the team to recover from this difficult period given how long the 50-year-old was at the helm.

Rumours doing the rounds are that Eymael will be the man in charge of Amakhosi in the new season, and while the Belgian mentor has denied the reports on several occasions, a move to Naturena can't be ruled out completely at this stage. 

Having done well to transform clubs like Polokwane City, Bloemfontein Celtic and now Free State Stars since his arrival in South Africa two years ago, coaching a big team like Chiefs always needs a bit of skill and speciality, and Eymael's ability as a coach would severely be tested if he moves. 

There are certain questions that Chiefs should ask themselves if they're really considering Eymael as their next coach, especially looking at his background. 

Looking at Eymael's record at Polokwane City, he managed 22 games, won just six of those, drew 11 and lost five, while he's won 14, drawn eight and lost eight in the 30 matches he has been in charge of at Ea Lla Koto thus far.

This suggests that Eymael isn't too different to Komphela, and Amakhosi would be shooting themselves in the foot if they hire him as he still needs to prove his worth and win trophies at a bigger club in South Africa before they can even consider him for the coaching position. 

The 58-year-old's first job in South Africa was supposed to be at Orlando Pirates, but the proposed deal failed to materialize for unknown reasons. 

His familiarity with the PSL could be an added advantage to Chiefs, but that alone isn't enough to win over the disgruntled fans who need to see their team return to the top sooner rather than later.

Eymael appears to be working very well with relatively unknown players and those who have been deem surplus to requirements at other clubs, perhaps because there's less pressure on him as a coach. 

At Chiefs, he would be faced with the challenge of keeping everyone happy, including working with senior players who are the face of the club on and off the field. 

Eymael doesn't always shy away from criticising his players and match officials; something which previous Chiefs coaches hardly did to avoid bringing the brand into disrepute.  

While he coached teams such as AS Vita, Al Merrikh SC and AFC Leopards among other teams on the African continent over the last eight years or so, Eymael hardly spends two years in one club. He has coached 11 teams in his last seven years to prove that he doesn't stick around for too long. 

For instance, in 2013 whilst at AFC Leopards, Eymael threatened to resign after the club failed to find him suitable replacements following the exit of some of his players at the time. He stayed for a few weeks before eventually tendering his resignation.  

His commitment and loyalty are questionable at this stage, and if Chiefs take the risk of hiring him, they could again find themselves coacheless in the next two seasons and still without a trophy. 

Eymael is in the final of the Nedbank Cup with Free State Stars, and he should be credited for that given the resources available to him, but he should be warned that reaching cup finals isn't always enough at Chiefs if you don't win them. 

Chiefs fans know what their team is capable of, and the only language they understand is winning matches convicingly and lifting major trophies. 

In addition, the club appears to be more eager to do well in Caf competitions, and Eymael's record in continental competitions isn't too impressive.