Tuesday Sep 14, 2021. 09:00
Felton Kamambo, the president of the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA), has explained why they terminated the services of national team coach Zvravko Logarusic.
‘Loga’ was officially removed from his post on Sunday 12 September, just a few days after a 1-0 defeat away to Ethiopia in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers.
The loss in East Africa was preceded by a goalless home draw against South Africa, leaving Zimbabwe bottom of Group G and with their hopes of a first-ever World Cup finals appearance in tatters.
Loga’s assistant coaches, Tonderai Ndiraya, Lloyd Chitembwe, Benjani Mwaruwari and Tembo Chuma were also dismissed.
“This board meeting [on Sunday, in which the coach’s removal was confirmed] was a follow-up to the one that we held two weeks ago,” said Kamambo, as quoted by The Herald.
“It was mainly to focus on the performance of the national team, in as far as the World Cup qualifiers are concerned. And, from the discussions on the performance of the team, we ended up mutually agreeing with the coach to part ways.”
He added, “The agreement is with immediate effect and the coach will be in the country, up until the end of the month, that’s what we agreed with him.
“In terms of the packages that he is supposed to get, we have also agreed and this will be paid before the end of next week.”
ZIFA was under pressure to review Logarusic’s position following the Warriors’ poor performances at the CHAN and COSAFA Cup. In fact, they won just one match from 14 outings under the tenure of the Croatian coach.
Loga helped Zimbabwe secure qualification for the next AFCON, though he contributed only four points from a possible 12, with the other four points coming from the opening two matches when Joey Antipas was in charge.
“In as far as we are concerned we did not take too long to fire the coach. He had some targets that he was supposed to achieve,” said Kamambo.
“In our last meeting, some two weeks ago, we gave him a target to get six points, against South Africa and Ethiopia.
“The minimum acceptable was four points and he failed to get the four points, so, we mutually agreed on parting ways.”
A new interim technical department will be named this week: “We have some names that have been proposed. The technical committee is busy with getting in touch with the proposed names,” explained Kamambo.
He added, “We are going to employ this [next] coach, on an interim basis so that an advert will be for a permanent coach. The best coach, who performs well in the interview, will be appointed.”