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Warriors coach urges ZIFA to speed up preparations

by Kudakwashe Vhenge

By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa

Zimbabwe senior national soccer team coach, Zdravko Logarusic, has encouraged the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) to speed up its decision making processes and preparations when the Warriors are set for a game.

In an interview with this publication, Logarusic said things are moving slowly at the moment and particularly supports swiftness concerning match preparation.

He also described that in football everything is a process which requires a lot of time, to change many things, however, he is looking forward for improvement.

“Everything is a process in football, you cannot change everything overnight, at the moment things are moving slowly.

“The main thing is to improve and im looking forward for that,” he said.

This comes after the local football mother body, ZIFA was allegedly reluctant in the preparation and naming of the squad that played against Malawi last Sunday.

The match was played at Mpira Stadium in Malawi and ended up in a goaless draw.

However, according to the Croat, who was in charge for his first competitive match for the Warriors, believes the result was not conviencing though the team tried its best, in regard with the team’s readiness for the match.

“Malawi started their preparations on the 21st of September meaning they are now used to play with each other.

“But with us we only had one training with the local players, half of training with the players from Europe and 5 players were waiting for us in Malawi and 4 players from Zambia and they had to travel for 10 hours to reach Malawi.

“With all these circumstances, i believe we did’nt disapoint we tried our best with the situation we had at hand,” said the Croat.

The game versus Malawi was asserted as a home-up match in line with the Africa Cup Of Nations qualifier games set to be played in November.

Zimbabwe will play Algeria in a back-to-back fixture. The first leg will be played in Algeria, whlist,  the return leg will be played at a venue yet to be announced, since CAF banned all Zimbabwe’s stadium to hosts competitive games

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