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Zdravko Logarusic’s fate in the hands of ZIFA board

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Zdravko Logarusic’s fate in the hands of ZIFA board

THE ZIFA Technical and Development Committee have made their recommendations to the association’s board following a marathon meeting with the Warriors technical team, led by Zdravko Logarusic, at the weekend.

The committee’s chairman, Bryton Malandule, said the series of meetings, which last about 10 hours on Saturday, dissected the recent poor performances by the Warriors at the COSAFA Cup and other outstanding assignments.

They also touched on the way forward ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. There has been a public outcry to reshuffle the technical team following a run of embarrassing results.

However, the committee’s recommendations, which were kept under wraps, have now been forwarded to the ZIFA board for consideration.

“It was a hectic day,” said Malandule.

“We finished our meeting after 7pm. We started just after 10am. The approach that we took really; we wanted to fully find out what actually transpired at the COSAFA tournament.

“So we started our meeting by reviewing the reports of the coaches on some outstanding matches that we hadn’t received reports.

“We had the reports of all the matches that were played in South Africa and then we had interviews with all the members of the technical team where we heard their submissions.

“The committee had to make their own enquiries just to do a post-mortem of the tournament and obviously looking ahead at the World Cup qualifiers that are coming up in September just to see, going forward, how do we can rectify things that are not going alright.

“That was the way we planned our meeting.”

The Warriors technical team has suffered a severe backlash from the football-loving Zimbabwean public following the poor performances in the last 18 months. The Warriors have won only one game from 12 outings under Zdravko Logarusic.

The embattled coach and his assistants, Tonderai Ndiraya and Lloyd Chitembwe, were asked to make submissions following the recent humiliation at the COSAFA Cup where the Warriors finished bottom of the pile for the first time.

Six-time winners Zimbabwe, bowed out of the tournament without a win in what became their worst jaunt in the tournament’s history. They also blew a 17-match unbeaten record, which had stood for six years, when they lost 0-2 to Namibia.

Apart from the COSAFA debacle, the red flags have been raised over Loga’s capabilities to lead the Warriors to glory.

Last year, the Warriors suffered the ignominy of finishing as the bottom-ranked side, among the 16 teams at the CHAN finals, without a point, in their three group matches.

The disappointments have stirred public outcry for the coach to be replaced ahead of the more important FIFA World Cup qualifying matches set for September and the AFCON finals to be held in Cameroon early next year.

Zimbabwe are set to face South Africa and Ethiopia in Group G, of the global qualifiers, which resume in September. The group also includes Ghana.

It was not clear what Loga’s fate will be but Malandule said the Technical and Development Committee want the Warriors to be well prepared by the time the World Cup qualifiers are played.

“We had meetings with head coach and his assistants. We also had the opportunity for conversations with the general manager national teams (Wellington Mpandare).

“We also managed to have a talk with the national team doctor. So we were quite thorough in our inquiry.

“We then met as a committee to evaluate the submissions and came up with our recommendations that we will table to the ZIFA board, so that we find a way forward, bearing in mind that our match against South Africa is coming up in September, everything being equal, hopefully with this pandemic still wreaking havoc.

“But if the match does go ahead in September we want to be better prepared. We understand the frustration of the nation that they want our team to do better. But all that I can say that the recommendations that we have are now privy to the board,” said Malandule.

Loga has insisted he has not failed in his mandate as the Zimbabwe national football team coach.

He feels he should not be judged by results from side tournaments such as COSAFA and CHAN as his mandate was the AFCON qualification and the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

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