APR FC Coach Petrovic retires, cites health problems

By Samson Iradukunda
On 20 November 2018 at 06:30

After eight months as head coach of APR Football Club, Dr. Ljubomir "Ljubo" Petrović has announced 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 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 15th, 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 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 achieving all the wishes of the club especially of entering the Champions League,” the letter keeps reading.

Former Rayon Sports coach said to replace Petrovic?

Trusted news reaching IGIHE is that 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 resigned at a time when CAF competitions are near. 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,” said an official in APR FC who talked to IGIHE on conditions of anonymity.

Ljupko Petrovic announced his retirement from all football coaching matters
Jimmy Mulisa will be serving as the temporary coach of APR FC