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Exclusive: Belgian coach reveals plan for Salone & Leone Stars

August 6, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr

Coach Luc Eymael has revealed his plans and shared a bit of his working proposal for the Sierra Leone national team, Leone Stars, and the country’s local coaches if he is appointed to coach the national team.

Eymael is one of the six shortlisted coaches battling for the Leone Stars job and the Belgian tactician in an exclusive interview with Concord Sports said he has already developed a project of 25 pages for Sierra Leone.

See below the full interview Luc Eymael gave to Concord Times ace Sports Editor, Sahr Morris Jr.

CT: What is your take on being shortlisted for the Leone Stars job?

Luc Eymael: First, I was surprised because it was an agent who did the job and I didn’t know for which country. You should also know that I was shortlisted in the last eight for the Ivory Coast job few weeks ago. For me it is an honour to be shortlisted for Sierra Leone because there is a big indepth work to do in your country for local football.

CT: Are you confident of securing the job over others and if yes why?

Luc Eymael: No, I am not specifically confident to secure the job because in life nothing is sure. Before you sign your contract one thing is sure.

I have a very good experience in Africa and every team that I managed played very good football and obtained good results.

For example here in Tunisia we finished eighth but it is the best result of the past ten years of my club so you can’t compare with giants like Espérance Tunis, Club African, and Eetoile Sahel.

CT: Do you think you are the right man to return the country’s past football glories?

Luc Eymael: Only God knows if I am the right man, but I can only say that I am a hard worker, passionate by my job and a guy who loves Africa and also I always give my best at 100 %

CT: What new thing can you bring to our national team?

Luc Eymael: I will work for your national team, yes, but also for your local football I will collaborate with local coaches. I would like to put also in place a national centre where we could have meetings with the national coaches of all categories to make an indepth work like it is done in Europe.

Everybody has to work with the same methods, tactically, technico tactical, tactically and for the fitness. I also have other good ideas that I have developed in my project of 25 sheets but I can’t explain everything in this interview.

CT: You stated earlier the Ivory Coast job, are you disappointed not having it?

Luc Eymael:  For the job of Ivory Coast I am not disappointed, it is a choice and they signed the Frenchmen Dussuyer who is also a good coach and also a hard worker; but they like the French in Ivory Coast…lol and they forgot that Belgium is now number 3 in the FIFA ranking and has been number two few months ago.

CT: If given the job can you make it to the 2017 Nations Cup despite Sierra Leone’s opening defeat to Sudan?

Luc Eymael:  The Nation Cup you mean? …It will certainly not be easy because of the first loss and also because next match will be against Ivory Coast and in this group Gabon is automatically qualified because they are the AFCON host and I am no stranger with Gabonese football as I have been champion there. However, in life we can say that as long as there is life there is hope. When you enter the pitch despite who-ever your opponent is it is always to do your best and to try to win the game

CT: Before rounding up can you take us through your coaching career?

Luc Eymael:  Before moving to Africa, I had the chance to manage in the young categories in Belgium and the likes of Eden hazard , Christian Benteke , Axel Witsel and Guillaume Gillet who are very good players of our national team.

In 2010 my first year in Africa football I was champion of DR Congo with Vita club before TP Mazembe , and winner of the national Super Cup of DRC. We also reached the 1/8 final in CAF Champions League.

In 2011, I won the champion in Gabon with Missile FC and the 1/8 of final in the Confederation Cup. In 2012 we finished fourth in Gabon with same team and participated in Champions League.  In 2013 AFC Leopards of Kenya we finished 2nd and winner of national cup.

In June 2015 JS Kairouan finished 8 in the Tunisia league and it was their best results in matter of points in the past ten years. Now I am still working with them but I did not renew my contract so I am free agent.

CT: Thank you very much for your time

Luc Eymael:  It a pleasure, looking forward to be in Sierra Leone

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