Luc Eymael will shake Steve Komphela's hand when they meet


Newly appointed Black Leopards head coach says despite everything that Steve Komphela has said about him, he will shake hands when they meet again.

Relations between the two coaches turned even more sour recently after the Golden Arrows coach told journalists that PSL teams should not hire the 60-year-old Belgian tactician.

According to Komphela, the former Free State Stars mentor is disrespectful to local coaches.

But Eymael says that is water under the bridge now after joining Lidoda Duvha on a two-year deal to replace Frenchman Lionel Soccoia, who left the team in 12th place with five points from six matches.

"Why not [shake his hand]? From my side, why not? We will greet,"`Eymael tells

"No I don't want to speak in the media about Steve Komphela. I'm a colleague and I'm back, I have to focus on my job here. You know I have a lot of job to do and [better] not to talk about it."

Asked for his thoughts on Gavin Hunt's recent comments about coaches coming to South Africa with fake CVs, he agreed with the general sentiment.

"If you are a foreign person, you have to bring something you know. If it's to do the same job or less most of the time than local people, no need to come you know. If you come and you bring something, yes, if you don't bring something, why? Where are you going?"

So what can the Nedbank Cup winner achieve with this Leopards team?

"Let me first assess the situation, because I was following the team sheet, I was following everything from our side but I was not in the club so it's difficult to give you a reply with something I don't know. I will first assess the situation and see what we can do.

"But it's true that Sunday I will not be on the bench [against Bloemfontein Celtic]. You know it's a very short time to change things. I'm not God, but a coach who can only bring his method of training.

"It's always depending on the response of the players you know. You can bring all the coaches of the world, if the players don't want to respond you can do nothing. We need to work hard together with the players, also with the technical staff and the board.

"It's very important to me and everybody is important to the club. I'm not coming here to make a revolution, I'm just a human being like everybody else." 

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