Chippa United have released a statement saying they are no longer appointing Luc Eymael as their coach.
The controversial Eymael was initially set to be appointed to replace Lehlohonolo Seema, but now Chippa have withdrawn that decision.
However there was a public outcry, as well as statements from SAFA and the Eastern Cape government condemning the appointment.
Eymael, a polarising figure, was accused of making discriminatory comments about fans in Tanzania earlier this year.
Chippa’s statement reads:
“The Club would like to formally announce that it has withdrawn the appointment of Belgian, Luc Eymael.
“When processes are complete, a new coaching announcement will be made in due course.
“After having announced Mr. Eymael’s appointment until the end of the season on Wednesday, 23 December 2020 – the Club has considered public outrage. There was also the reputational damage caused to our brand; and that of our stakeholders, partners as well as our sponsors.
“We would like to clarify that the initial decision to make this appointment was based on Mr. Eymael’s coaching track record, where we felt he was the best person to take the Club towards our desired top half finish in this DSTV Premiership season.
“Outside of the written reports, there was no formal instruction – to us or to any other team- to not employ Mr. Eymael.
“However, as the Pride of Eastern Cape, we represent the legacies of world renowned anti- discrimination heroes that come from our Province.
“The Chilli Boys play an influential role to our surrounding communities through football and through our philanthropic work. We have people that look up to us and on the responsible decisions that we take.
“Our withdrawal of this appointment is an acknowledgment of our stance on such matters, with the Club also having fully informed Mr. Eymael and his representatives on our position.
“As Chippa United Football Club, we would also like to wish our supporters and the football loving public a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
“We also ask all South Africans to continue abiding to the Covid-19 set regulations and restrictions during this festive period.”