The jury is out on Zimbabwe national team coach Zdravko Logarusic following the Warriors’ poor showing at the ongoing African Nations Championships (CHAN).
The Croatian has come under increased scrutiny following his team’s early exit from CHAN.
Zimbabwe fell 0-1 to hosts Cameroon before Burkina Faso beat them 3-1 in the second match of the competition.
Of course, Zimbabwe had chaotic preparations for the tournament with Covid-19 halting the build up to the tournament after 15 team members tested positive for the deadly respiratory virus.
But his tinkering on Wednesday did not help matters. Logarusic made six changes to his starting line-up with goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda, pictured below, Leeroy Mavhunga, Pawell Govere and Wellington Taderera being benched.
Midfielders Ronald Chitiyo and Richard Hachiro were ruled out by injury but the decision to make half-a-dozen changes at a tournament did not sound good.
In a scathing report, Zimbabwe daily Herald wrote: “The tactics in the last two games were poor. Zimbabwe were losing the ball easily and lacked general co-ordination.”
Logarusic, who signed a two-year contract with ZIFA last year, is yet to win a match in charge of Zimbabwe after leading the side in five games.
Former Warriors and Nantes left-back Harlington Shereni blasted Logarusic for the pathetic performances.
“We fought to bring our football to a good respectable level and some people just come and destroy all the hard work. Cry my beloved Warriors.
“Our football needs to be sanitised, we have become the punching bag of everybody. It hurts,” he tweeted.
To date, Logarusic’s best result has been a 2-2 draw against Algeria in November last year at the National Sports Stadium.
Zimbabwe play Mali on Sunday at the CHAN in a dead rubber match that will have no significance at all.
By Mthokozisi Dube