Relief as Zimbabwe coach gets work permit

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Zimbabwe coach Zdravko Logarusic heaved a huge sigh of relief when he was issued with his new work permit ahead of the upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The development means the Croatian, whose initial permit expired in January, can now freely go about his official duties.

Logarusic is preparing the Warriors for the final two 2021 Afcon qualifiers against Botswana and Zambia later this month.

Zimbabwe play Botswana, in the penultimate round of the qualifiers on March 25, before hosting Zambia, in the final group game, at the National Sports Stadium, four days later.

“We are all delighted that coach Loga has been issued with his work permit,” said Warriors manager, Wellington Mpandare. “We would like to thank the authorities. He can now start to do his duties, within the confines of the law.”

Logarusic’s headache will now be putting together a formidable squad. Zimbabwe faces mass withdrawals with all the UK-based players barred from traveling for the two ties. Aston Villa midfield grafter Marvelous Nakamba also misses the crucial matches because of the Covid-19 protocols, in the European nation.

The France-based duo of Tino Kadewere, and Marshall Munetsi, whose clubs Olympique Lyon and Stade Reims played out a 1-1 draw at the weekend, are also in doubt for the crunch matches.

Talismanic forward, Khama Billiat, has pulled out of the two battles, because of injury. Zimbabwe have never qualified for the Afcon tournament three times in a row.

“We will have to make that happen,” said Loga. “The good thing is we have our destiny firmly in our hands. We have to fight like Warriors. It’s still difficult, given what we are facing, but we are optimistic of getting the required results.”

He added that the ultimate goal is to make it for the AFCON tournament.

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By FARPost Reporter

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