Former Marumo Gallants head coach Sebastien Migne threatening to approach FIFA with legal action against club

Sebastien Migne is taking the legal route followin
Sebastien Migne is taking the legal route following his sacking by Marumo Gallants

Marumo Gallants' troubles could worsen as former head coach Sebastien Migne is threatening to pursue legal action against the club by approaching FIFA.

According to the club, Migne was shown the door following a disciplinary committee hearing after using abusive language towards technical director Harris Choeu.

Gallants claimed the incident occurred at OR Tambo Airport as the squad travelled for an away fixture at Golden Arrows two weeks ago.

"The real story is that Marumo is an extremely difficult club to work, and you spend most of the time frustrated," Migne said.

"At that club, you don't need a coach, you need a magician because there is too much interference.

"The technical director Harris Choeu is just afraid to lose his job and just goes with whatever the chairman says, he is not there to stand with the coaches but rather be against them," says Migne.

"The day when the incident that I was fired for happened we trained in Polokwane at 08:00 in the morning and then left for OR Tambo at 10:00 and then we arrived around 14:00 Choeu needed to arrange lunch, but he told me it is only for the players and not the technical staff.

"At that moment it was completely unacceptable for me because you cannot divide the team. It is true that I then had some bad words with him, but it was only in the presence of me, Choeu, assistant coach Mpho Makola and goalkeeper trainer Stephane Ekakala and not in front of the players as they say. 

"They then used this incident to avoid paying my salary because the chairman always wants to find a reason not to pay.

"Afterwards, I then tried to find an amicable resolution but it was impossible to discuss with him so I’m obliged to engage an attorney from Johannesburg and if they refuse within seven days, I will go to FIFA even though I don't want to lose a lot of energy in this because I'm a football coach.

"This is about principle and respecting people," detailed Migne who has headed back home to France.

"It was impossible to work properly with people who have personal interests in some players. To work well you need to be happy and be paid all your salary not half. Marumo didn't respect us.

"When I left, they even refused to send my ticket and my wife in France had to take care of that. That team is capable of finishing in the top eight but unfortunately, the management is against that progress.

"This is a team with no gym centre for the club, not enough balls, players sacrifice a lot of things for that club. Now I'm thinking of moving forward to a new project because I don't want to lose my energy thinking about Marumo because they are bad for the image of South African football," Migne added.

Marumo have since appointed Raymond Mdaka as their coach in the interim.