After eight months as head coach of APR Football Club, Dr. Ljubomir “Ljubo” Petrović has announcement retirement from all football related activities citing heart problems.
According to letter of resignation released on APR FC website on Sunday, the 71-year-old Serbian Petrovic will no longer act as the trainer of the Rwanda’s Army affiliated football club due to heart problems and impaired health.
“I am contacting the Management of the Club to inform that due to my heart problems and impaired health, I can no longer conduct the trainer’s job,” reads a letter dated November 15, 2018.
“After a detailed examination, to my great sadness, the doctor told me that if I want to continue with normal life, I should never be dealing with a trainer’s call. This is the most difficult moment of my life because I am forbidden to do what I love most,” sadly says Dr. Petrovic in the letter.
Ljubo Petrovic, winner of the European Cup-turned-UEFA Champions league as head coach of Red Star Belgrade as Serbia, his native country in 1991, won, with AP FC, the last Azam Rwanda premier League cup which saw the Rwanda’s national football cup 17-time winners qualify for the 2018/19 TOTAL CAF Champions league, Africa’s major interclub football competition.
“I am so sorry to stop working for FC. APR, now when we are on our way to achieve all the wishes of the club especially of entering the Champions League,” the letter keeps reading.
Former Rayon Sports coach said to replace Petrovic?
Sources say after resigning from his job as APR FC, Dr. Ljupko Petrovic may be replaced by Luc Eymael, a Belgian Coach who once served as APR FC’s bitterest rivals, Rayon Sports’ coach.
“Petrovic has officially resigned while days to start competing in CAF competitions, this year’s APR FC,’s main goal have come. Some coaches are being considered to replace him. Among them, the most known is Luc Eymael, former Rayon Sports’ coach. He is a good coach who is also experienced in African football,” an official in APR FC who talked to IGIHE on conditions of anonymity said.
The official made the remarks with only nine days remaining until APR FC hosts Club Africain of Tunisia in the first leg game of the CAF Champions league first round in a tie to be staged on November 28 at Kigali Stadium in Nyambirambo.
However, in the interview IGIHE, Luc Eymael denied any talks with APR FC naming Kenya’s Gor Mahia FC as the only team in the region with which they talked.
“I have not yet talked to any APR official. But if they plan to, I will also think about it and decide because there are other clubs that showed interest in me including two South African clubs, Algeria’s CS Constantine, some Egyptian and Angolan clubs among others,” said the Belgian who coached Rayon Sports from January to May 2015.
“The only East African club that contacted me is Gor Mahia from Kenya. Now, I have no job but I will take a decision in the near future to announce my next move,” he added.
Luc Eymael left Rwanda after he was banned by Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) following his part in the violent scenes which followed Rayon Sports 1-1 draw with AS Kigali in a game that was held at Amahoro National Stadium on April 19, 2015.
The draw which would have kept Rayon Sports on top of the table cost them chances to win the trophy that year.