By Phil Jambaya
Zimbabwe national team coach Zdravko “Loga Logarusic has come under fire from all quarters after the Warriors’ 3-1 drubbing in Algeria Thursday night.
While his decision to throw in an unattached Ovidy Karuru has been topical, Mdlalo90 understands that some of the players started questioning Loga’s pedigree soon after the 0-0 draw in a friendly against Malawi last month.
Loga, whose CV is questionable, he is being accused of being on holiday while disguising as a football coach.
According to some players who travelled to Malawi, Loga was so excited to see England based midfielder Marvellous Nakamba and Khama Billiat that he asked for selfies with the star players.
Loga also made a video call back to his family in Croatia bragging that he was in the company of Nakamba.
According to sources, Billiat snubbed the video call.
“When we travelled to Malawi he was so happy to see Nakamba and Billiat, he asked for pictures with them and later on he had a video call with his family back in Croatia bragging that he was in the company of Nakamba and Billiat, ” revealed a source.
Some players started to question if he was a coach or a football fan who wanted to get closer to super stars.
Our source revealed that Dynamos head coach Tonderai Ndiraya, who is one of the assistants to Logarusic, was given a new role of capturing the Kodak moments, something he later snubbed.
Mdlalo90 is also reliably informed that Loga forgot to name a goalkeeper at the last team talk before the Malawi game, prompting Talbert Shumba to appoint himself.
Loga’s last coaching job was in Sudan where he took charge of the national team until December 2019, when his contract expired.
He led Sudan to a third-place finish at the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) in Morocco.
At club level, Logarusic has managed clubs in Ghana, Angola and Kenya.
Some of the sides include Asante Kotoko, King Faisal Babes and Ashanti Gold of Ghana, Interclube (Angola) as well as Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards of Kenya.
How Loga ended up as Warriors coach has remained a subject for speculation amid allegations that someone close to ZIFA engineered the move for a kickback.