Former Zimbabwe captain and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande has hailed the appointment of Zdravko Logarusic as Warriors coach, saying with the calibre of players at his disposal, 2022 Fifa World Cup qualification is a possibility.
The Croat was named Zimbabwe coach in January this year and arrived in Zimbabwe boasting 11 years of working in Africa, although with minimal success.
“I think it’s a good move (appointing Logarusic). We just need to support him with everything we have because we have a group of players who are hungry, who can go to the World Cup,” Katsande tells FARPost.
His first assignment will be back-to-back 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) matches against Algeria in March, before taking the Warriors to the African Nations Championship finals in Cameroon the following month.
Later in the year, Logarusic faces what could be his biggest task as Zimbabwe coach when World Cup qualification begins, and Katsande feels that the former Sudan trainer has enough arsenal in his war chest to qualify for Qatar 2022.
Zimbabwe will first have to negotiate their way past the second round of qualifiers where they are in Group G together with South Africa, Ghana and Ethiopia.
The Warriors have never qualified for the World Cup before, but with an increased number of players in Europe’s top leagues, high hopes are on Logarusic to deliver qualification to Qatar.
The European contingent are headlined by Aston Villa’s Marvelous Nakamba, and then the English Championship-based duo of Macauley Bonne and Tendayi Darikwa.
Captain Knowledge Musona has found a new lease of life at Belgian top-flight League side Eupen while Reims midfielder Marshall Munetsi and Lyon new signing Tino Kadewere are some of the players to bank on. Turkey-based and former Kaizer Chiefs defender Teenage Hadebe has been a key figure in the Warriors squad in recent years.
By Michael Madyira