Tafadzwa Chigandiwa, Sports Reporter
Warriors gaffer, Zdrvako Logarusic, has expressed his worry over injuries that have rocked his camp and also lack of international friendly matches, prior to the CHAN tournament set to commence in Cameroon next month.
The Croat told H-Metro that he is disturbed by the way his players have picked up injuries lately, a situation worsened by nine of them testing positive for Covid-19, which eats into their preparation time.
“Yes nine players have tested positive to the virus but we will monitor the situation and see what’s going on, probably we will re-test them since some of these test kits are not accurate.
“There are currently in isolation. The doctors will tell us for how long will they stay in isolation and the number of days will let us decide on either to replace them or not, otherwise at the moment I haven’t thought about any replacement,” he said.
He added that, prior to the Covid-19 setback, injuries had ruined his plans.
“I have problems in my squad, players have been picking up injuries and lack of friendly matches is also a huge problem.
“We haven’t played any international friendly match to test our strength with other nations. We are left with little time or no time for preparations and I am still worried if we will manage to travel and secure at least one international friendly match,” he said.
The 56-year old coach said he is currently not focused on choosing the CHAN squad captain because he has bigger problems to concentrate on.
“At this moment I am not worried about who is going to be the captain. This is a minor decision, I have about 57 bigger problems to deal with and these include injuries, Covid-19 and friendly matches among others.
“As for the captain I am not even worried about that we will sit down with my assistant coaches and either select a new captain or re-appoint the captain who was chosen last time.
“Another option is to select three players from the squad and let the players choose their own leader and the fourth option is to select a player with leadership qualities,” added Loga.
Loga will try to secure last two practise matches with any selected local teams.
“Since there is a small possibility that we will travel to play international friendly games, we are planning to play two more local friendly games.
“The purpose of friendly games is to stay match fit because in Cameron we are going to play three games and we are probably the only country whose domestic football is on hold.
“I believe these friendly matches will help us a lot to earn endurance,” he said.