Thursday Jul 15, 2021. 17:00
Zimbabwe head coach Zdravko Logarusic has blamed fatigue for his team’s early exit at the ongoing Cosafa Cup in South Africa.
The Warriors are traditional powerhouses in the Southern African regional tournament, holding a record six titles, but their participation in the 2021 edition came to an abrupt end earlier this week.
A 2-1 loss at the hands of Senegal on Tuesday 13 July not only ensured that Zimbabwe would not progress into the knockout phase, but also gave them the ignominy of finishing at the bottom of Group B.
“We played but fatigue got us and we conceded goals at the end of first half and second half,” said Logarusic after the defeat to the Teranga Lions, as quoted by The Herald.
“Our young team made some small individual mistakes, which cost us. This is a learning process and I hope they will learn those things in this stage, and in other stage, when they go up. I hope they will not repeat those mistakes.”
Nonetheless, the Warriors coach believed the tournament was a useful exercise in allowing him to evaluate new players in the squad.
“I was using this tournament to make an assessment for the CHAN [African Nations Championship] team qualification. I was using this tournament to see if any player is ready to come to the [senior] national team and I saw two or three players, which can be part of the national team [for World Cup qualifiers beginning later this year].
“The rest of them will be CHAN team and we have to focus to bring more players from the other clubs, and that’s a good learning process.”
Zimbabwe’s full senior team will be back in action in September when they play South Africa and Ethiopia in Group G qualifiers for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.