New Zimbabwe Warriors coach in dilemma

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Tadious Manyepo 

Harare - New Zimbabwe Warriors coach Zdravko Logarusic is expected in the country this weekend. 

He will immediately settle for serious work ahead of the back-to-back fixtures against African champions, Algeria, in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next month. 

Since his appointment as the coach for Zimbabwe, Logarusic has been holed in his native Croatia as he awaited his work permit. 

His permit was finally processed early this week and the former Sudan coach will touch down in Harare this weekend. 

Zimbabwe face Algeria in the AFCON qualifier on March 23 away before hosting the north Africans six days later. 

They are second in their group with four points from two matches, two behind Algeria in a group that also has the Southern Africa pair of Zambia and Botswana.

"It's tricky, very tricky. I am aware of the challenges that I am facing in my assignment as the Zimbabwe national team coach. It's difficult because the league in Zimbabwe hasn't yet started," said Logarusic. 

"It would have been easy for us to incorporate some local players in the team but we will see how it goes."

Logarusic said he will be banking on the expertise of the foreign based contingent including captain Knowledge Musona, Khama Billiat, Tino Kadewere and Marvellous Nakamba. 

"We have an array of good players in the Warriors team who play in competitive leagues but I won't have time to watch some of them play in those leagues because I am already running late in terms of provisional squad selection. 

"I am glad for having been appointed the new Warriors coach. 

"I am happy I have my assistants who know the players, the culture and the philosophy very well. 

"We have stars all over the world in South Africa, Europe as well as in America. We will try our best to do it for Zimbabweans."

Logarusic will name his provisional squad next week. 

Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) spokesperson Xolisan Gwesela said Logarusic will arrive in the country this weekend.  

"We are expecting him this week after the processing of his work permit. 

"He will then name his provisional squad," Gwesela said. 

 

 

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