Warriors Coach Zdravko Logarusic has said he is both frustrated and excited that AFCON Qualifiers might resume in November after soccer among other sports was suspended as a COVID-19 containment measure, The Herald reports.
Speaking to the publication, Loga as he is referred to, said he will be returning to Zimbabwe soon to start prepping for the possible matches after he went home when it was clear football was not coming back anytime soon:
I am a football coach and I want to be involved in football. I can’t sit at home when my profession is football coaching. I am happy that, at last, I will be in the dugout, doing what I like to do most.
There are two things here. I am excited and frustrated. I am already preparing to come back to Zimbabwe after having spent time staying at home in Croatia.
I spent a considerable time in Zimbabwe during lockdown hoping football was going to be allowed back early. I only travelled to Croatia after it became apparent it would take time before football could be allowed back.
But, now that there are dates set for football resumption, I need to be on the ground, working and consulting with my assistants as we strategise for the upcoming fixtures. I was supposed to have come mid this month but I will be back early next month.
I am happy that finally, AFCON qualifiers are back. I am praying that the domestic league kicks off as there are players who we want to include in the team and also praying that those playing outside the country pick good form between September and November
Loga also said the football governing body and the government’s delay in resuming local football was worrisome:
I am very worried with the delays in the start of the domestic football season. If CHAN is allowed to proceed in January then we are in a fix with the delays happening. We will have to see how best to plan as the technical team.
Maybe, we will have to select the players and start training, I don’t know. I just hope the season gets underway
Loga signed the contract with ZIFA a few short weeks before the lockdowns started and he never got the change to coach Zimbabwe’s team, the Warriors.
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