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Eymael Confirms Phungwayo ‘Misunderstanding’ Amid Exit Talks

Patrick Phungwayo ‘Misunderstanding’ Confirmed At Free State Stars

By Soccer Laduma - Jan 23, 2018 10:58 AM

Free State Stars head coach, Luc Eymael, has confirmed the ‘misunderstanding’ involving one of his top players at the Bethlehem club. 

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Patrick Phungwayo, who was a notable absentee from Ea Lla Koto’s matchday squad in their 3-0 loss against Maritzburg United this past weekend, is said to have been involved in an alleged altercation with the Belgian coach during one of the training sessions leading up to the match. 

“There was a misunderstanding between Phungwayo and the coach, which led to the player considering leaving the club. It’s something that the club, coach and player are trying to resolve at the moment,” said the source.

However, Eymael has dismissed rumours that the former Orlando Pirates defender is leaving the club. 

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“Why are you saying he is leaving? No! He had a private issue and there was a misunderstanding,” Eymael told the Siya crew.

Phungwayo, 30, joined the Bethlehem outfit in September last year, after parting ways with Pirates.

In November, Eymael was quoted in the media as having said that he was surprised with the player’s inability to cross the ball properly.

“You can’t imagine how many times, until now, I correct Patrick Phungwayo in the matter of crossing. Can you imagine he went to Greece?  

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“His body is not well placed, his leg which is not touching the ball is not well placed – the small technical details are not there because players are not taught at the academy. That is why here, you have players who mature at 24 years,” the Belgian tactician was quoted at the time.  


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Dangerous when provoked Joined: 27 Oct 2016
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Dangerous when provoked Jan 23, 2018 03:36 PM
I tend to agree with the Coach regarding other players. If you look at Gaxa, Malongoane just to mention two, they can't cross or score when they have overlapped. On the other hand here in SA players are born with talent which needs to be polished. It's unfortunate that that happens while they are 27 yrs already. I don't think the Coach would have said that during the days of the late Ace Ntshoeleng may his soul rest in peace and yesteryear players of Swallows, Pirates etc.
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Warras4phefeni Jan 23, 2018 03:15 PM
I can also react the same as Phungwayo rhaa in public you tell me that nonsense.
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Ntuthuko5110 Jan 23, 2018 02:57 PM
that was disrespectful ,u CNT say that in the media.
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makhanda-mendu me Jan 23, 2018 02:12 PM
Shabbas issue it well documented mose...! He can't usr his right leg period..! Bt comparing Patrics vs shabba issue it nonsense..! The coach says he can't cross presumably using his strong foot. So shabba will pass that test even if u take him to the groung at three am...! If that does need testimony. Aske all the teams from polokwane what happened in the past two weekends...! Just saying. Maybe u didn't watch other teams including chiefs..! Bloody prisoner.. From Mayfair and marabastad...!
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BigGen Jan 23, 2018 02:08 PM
this coach thinks he is coaching development players
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Sthe07 Jan 23, 2018 01:38 PM
This coach must learn man management skills, you do not disclose the details of an employee's weaknesses in public, he is just embarassing him in public, ameturish.
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Vusi Mdaweni Jan 23, 2018 01:19 PM
@Mtwesi kkkk you make me laugh Phungwayo must play for Banyana never heard of men abuse
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Vusi Mdaweni Jan 23, 2018 01:15 PM
Thats his weakness point taken Mr Coach He must improve if he still wants to play or go back to Pirates bench where he is very comfortable
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Inyokaedli'zinye Jan 23, 2018 12:37 PM
Phungwayo cant cross at 30 ... that's too heavy!!!
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Takamura Jan 23, 2018 12:17 PM
The coach is talking nonsense.
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faceless Jan 23, 2018 12:17 PM
yes I can be a coach I will prepare my CV, when he was at pirates I keep on complaining about his crosses that I'm not happy about Patrick crosses. coach you are correct 100% amazulu, platinum and ajax i'm available.
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blah blah blah why did Pirates release Phungwayo blah blah yini le?
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queenlathifa Jan 23, 2018 12:11 PM
He must cum 2 chiefs
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Khosi-Koi Jan 23, 2018 12:08 PM
This is one of my favourite coaches in the league
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Raymondh Jan 23, 2018 12:07 PM
if this guy coaches chiefs ,shabba in trouble becoause he speak the truth ,im sure he will say shabba right leg is no exixtent he might as carry a walking stick to help the left leg
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setlaboswana Jan 23, 2018 12:06 PM
Bucs players are the most ill-disciplined players in the league followed by their black and gold neighbours.
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zsiwela Jan 23, 2018 12:05 PM
his still a good player
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Boris Becker Jan 23, 2018 11:47 AM
That's why he failed at Rats

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