Tanzanian giants, Young Africans have sacked Luc Eymael following statements in which the Belgian coach described fans as “uneducated” people who “don’t know anything about football and just shout like dogs and monkeys.”
“I don’t enjoy your country (Tanzania). You’re uneducated people. I am disgusted. I don’t have a car, WiFi or DStv. These fans don’t know anything about football. It’s like monkeys or dogs when they’re shouting,” Eymael said in a podcast that went viral in Tanzania.
He also described the away pitches as the standard of seventh and eighth division facilities in Europe.
The Belgian has since apologized for last weekend’s racist comments, citing ‘frustration.’
“I want to sincerely apologize to the people of Tanzania, Yanga leaders, supporters and sponsors about the podcast that came out,” he said on Facebook about his utterances.
“Those are not the words of Luc Eymael but of pure frustration and disappointment and emotions that made us lose our second place,” he said.
Have you seen a more condescending, entitled and all-out racist head coach than Luc Eymael? Deservedly sacked by Yanga today and hopefully he will never again be allowed to take up a coaching position in Africa. Shocking statements that just get worse the longer you listen for. pic.twitter.com/4vGLzApdBZ
— Benjamin Hajji (@BenjaHajji) July 27, 2020
Yanga lost the league battle to arch-rivals Simba, whose three consecutive titles saw them move to within one of the arch rival’s record haul of 22. The Belgian blamed Yanga’s woes on the Tanzania FA showing favouritism to Simba.