Zimbabwe Football Asociation (Zifa) on Thursday unveiled the new Zimbabwe national team ‘Warriors’ coach Zdravko ‘Loga’ Logarusic at a media conference held at a local hotel in the capital Harare.
The nomadic 55 year-old Croatian has coached teams in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan and his native Croatia, spending an average one and half years at each cluband is a holder of a CAF A and EUFA pro licences.
Loga admitted that ‘It’s a big responsibility’ coaching the national team but he hoped to do well and improve the national team and football in the country even though he has no set specific targets at the moment.
Introducing the new coach Zifa president Felton Kamambo said Logarusic’s selection as national coach was done on merit and the Croat was best candidate amongst those who applied for the job.
‘We didn’t go into the targets in detail as the coach arrived only yesterday but will be meeting and discussing those. We will inform you of the specific targets and will be availing them to the media and public at large soon,‘ said Kamambo.
‘We had some other coaches who have taken us to Afcon, the coach must do better and if he goes to Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) he must surpass those even at youth level and world he must do well and come up with a roadmap to ensure we qualify. I have not gone into detail about that,’ said Kamambo
Croatian coach dismissed the allegations that he is nomadic saying he was never fired as Sudan national team coach but left after the expiry of his contract.
“The contract had expired in Sudan that why I left the job as national team coach. I was not fired. I never asked for my money and terminal benefits because of my personality, for example I brought them a lot of money from AFCON because we finished second, the lowest ranked team in CHAN and left after charming the people and everyone saying we played the nicest football there. At the end I reached the group stage, a big achievement for them,” he said.
‘Also, Sudan was in big economic crisis and money was a problem from the government to the federation. Some new people in the football association came and it was just the time to say goodbye and separated after shaking our hands,” said Lugarusic.
‘I can bring some pieces which are missing from Zimbabwe and my experiences in Africa since I am here, I cannot teach them skill, dribbling or how to take a shot or cross the ball, but Africans are gifted the most. I believe African players are gifted because they play on the streets when growing up and have the skills, speed and got everything to make the grade as good footballers, I can improve their game without ball, technically and mentally if I can improve their game 10 % for one play and for 10 players, then I have an extra player.