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Luc Eymael's Chippa United future uncertain after political pressure

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Luc Eymael is looking unlikely to remain with Chippa United as the club face public and political pressure to reverse their controversial decision to appoint the Belgian.

The former Free State Stars and Black Leopards boss' arrival was announced shortly after Dan Malesela was sacked, again, following the club's 5-1 loss to Maritzburg United last week.

Eymael was set to join the Chilli Boys earlier in the season after his controversial exit from Tanzanian side Young Africans but roadblocks were put up to his appointment.

It appears that the same has happened this time around, with Eymael explaining his side of the story to Goal.

He said: "No they don't want to fire me, they want to withdraw. Yes, why fire? It is because of political interference.

"I don't know what will happen. I'm waiting for the club to come back to me so at this moment I will wait to see what will happen.

"Perhaps I will travel to Johannesburg tomorrow [Thursday] and then I will have to have a Covid-19 test and go back to Belgium."

Earlier, Sport24 reported that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) had threatened to take action again Chippa after Eymeal's appointment as Technical Director.

The EFF's Eastern Cape branch demanded publicly that owner Siviwe Mpengesi reverse his decision.

"The EFF Eastern Cape rejects and condemns the appointment of the racist and arrogant Luc Eymael as its new coach after the sacking of Dan 'Dance' Malesela over the weekend," said a statement.

"We want to reiterate our stance that we will ensure Luc Eymael won't work in our province, he is not welcome and we don't have room for racists in this country.

"If Siviwe Mpengesi knows what's best for his team Chippa United, he will withdraw the appointment of this unrepentant racist from Belgium - a country of King Leopold, who killed black people in Africa."

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