Cape Town - Free State Stars head coach Luc Eymael says he is committed to the club and is happy to stay for the long term, after turning down a number of offers from some top sides around the world.
The Belgian says he has a point to prove in South African football after his first stint in charge of Polokwane City ended in acrimonious fashion when he tried to leave to join Bloemfontein Celtic.
After he lost a court case and his move to Siwelele fell through, Eymael was reportedly ordered to pay a hefty financial penalty as well.
Nonetheless, he told TimesLIVE website that he much to prove with Ea Lla Koto, saying, "Since I have been here [at Stars]‚ I have received a minimum of 10 good offers that I refused. I have a buyout clause in my contract and teams wanted to pay‚ but I refused to go.
“Teams like JS Kabylie in Algeria‚ CS Sfaxien [from Tunisia]... [African champions] Wydad Casablanca wanted to work with me. I got offers from Jordan and Kuwait.
“But I wanted to come back to South Africa to prove something‚ to prove my ability as a coach after the small mistake I made at Polokwane City.
“It cost me a lot of money to come back here‚ but for me it is worth it. I want to show the coach I am.
“I like it at Stars. The chairman [Mike Mokoena] is a very good person‚ he is always listening to me‚ we have frank and open discussions and he wants to improve the team. I like the working mentality here.”
Stars are in action on Wednesday evening against Chippa United as the Absa Premiership returns.
Kick off is at 18:00.