THE Warriors ticket to Cameroon for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals is in the bag, but Zdravko Logarusic’s record since he took over the senior national team coaching position has got fans wondering if he is the right man for the job.
Loga was unveiled as the Warriors coach in February 2020, a month after putting pen to paper with Zifa, but remained largely inactive as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic that forced a halt in sporting activities for the better part of that year.
The Croatian has taken charge of seven games – a cocktail of AFCON qualifiers and the CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN) – since landing the Warriors job.
His record is not inspiring. The coach has managed just a single win, a draw and five defeats.
And fans are under no illusion that the AFCON qualification is an endorsement that Loga can take the Warriors to the Promised Land.
“Most of the groundwork that led to the Warriors qualifying for the AFCON finals was done by Antipas (Joey). He beat Zambia 1-2 away in Lusaka and was instrumental in shaping the team that Loga inherited even when he was in charge of the Warriors on an interim basis and also coached his local side Chicken Inn,” said Ngqabutho Ngulube of Emakhandeni suburb in Bulawayo.
Loga spent close to 10 months last year without coaching the Warriors due to coronavirus restrictions and reportedly pocketed US$70 000 in salaries.
“I think the coach was lucky that he managed to beat Botswana and our closest rivals Zambia drew with Algeria and we qualified for the AFCON finals. But a closer look at his record tells a different story,’ said Melusi Nkiwane.
Out of three qualifiers played under Loga, the Warriors scraped just a single win against western neighbours Botswana.
It’s at the CHAN tournament in Cameroon early this year that Loga and his team left fans seething with anger after a dismal show that yielded no points from three games.
“Maybe Zifa did not fire him after the CHAN tournament because he travelled with players who had not played for months on end, but the results were very disappointing. The Warriors travelled to Cameroon just to add up numbers,” lamented Chioniso Chipoka.
Warriors results under Loga:
Algeria 3-1 Zimbabwe (AFCON qualifier)
Zimbabwe 2-2 Algeria (AFCON qualifier)
Zimbabwe 0-1 Cameron (CHAN)
Burkina Faso 3-1 Zimbabwe (CHAN)
Zimbabwe 0-1 Mali (CHAN)
Botswana 0-1 Zimbabwe (AFCON qualifier)
Zimbabwe 0-2 Zambia (AFCON qualifier)