Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
NEW Warriors coach Zdravko Logarušić has a record of not staying long in a job, taking charge of at least eight teams in ten years.
Zifa announced the Croatian as the new man in charge of the Zimbabwe national football team on a two-year deal in Harare yesterday, attracting divided opinion from fans.
The 54-year-old will be assisted by Joey Antipas, Lloyd Chitembwe and Tonderai Ndiraya while Parnell McKop has been named goalkeepers’ coach.
Logarušić, who was fired as Sudan coach last year, is set to be unveiled in a fortnight, at least according to Zifa.
It is, however, his nomadic traits that raise questions if he is the right man to bring the needed success at the Warriors.
In his two-year romance with Sudan, he led them to a third place at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.
He has also helped them reach the group stage of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Logarušić had stints with Ghanaian clubs King Faisal Babes, Ashanti Gold and Asante Kotoko.
He also managed Kenyan clubs Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, Simba SC of Tanzania and Angola’s Interclube – all within a decade.
Some of the reasons for the separation with the teams were, among them, salary which Zifa promised to take care of.
Zifa boss Felton Kamambo refused to disclose details of the contract but said they will pay him in local currency citing monetary statutes of the country.
“I can promise that we will be able to pay him. We have worked on that to ensure that there won’t be problems and we will be paying him in local currency,” said Kamambo.
All things being equal, Logarušić first assignment will be back-to-back 2021 Afcon qualifiers against Algeria before taking charge of Chan finals in Cameroon this April.