Logarusic under fire after Warriors’ Cosafa exit

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Zimbabwe national team coach Zdravko Logarusic is under fire after the Warriors crashed out of the Cosafa Cup as the bottom team in their group.

The Warriors suffered back-to-back defeats at the Cosafa Cup for the first time in 21 years. A 1-2 defeat at the hands of guest nation Senegal in Port Elizabeth sent the Warriors crashing out of the regional tournament, which they have dominated in the past, without a victory in their four group matches.

Until Sunday, when they went down 0-2 to Namibia, the Warriors had not lost a match at the tournament, in regulation time, for six years.

Now, in just two games, spread over three days, the Warriors have lost back-to-back matches in the Cosafa Cup, for the first time, since September 1998.

The result means in a dozen games under the Croatian mentor, the Warriors have won just ONE game, lost SEVEN matches and drawn four others.

Former Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns player Alois Bunjira wrote on Facebook that the national team was on a downward spiral while the coach was comfortable.

‘‘We have a coach (who) has six months left in his contract saying he does not worry about winning at the COSAFA, as he is still assessing players. How does a coach whose contract is expiring soon be busy assessing players, while the nation is losing matches, and dropping valuable Fifa ranking points? Where does he get this comfort from?

“What has been his mandate? Was he assured that his contract would be renewed hence he should not worry about winning matches in the first two years? We cannot continue with the downward spiral of our Warriors brand.’’

Logarusic has six months left on his contract and there has been no indication whether he will be in charge of the team when they play at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals.

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By Mthokozisi Dube