Loga insists Warriors Cosafa campaign ‘successful’
By sports reporter
Under-fire Warriors head coach Zdravko Logarusic has remained adamant Zimbabwe’s disastrous campaign in the Cosafa Cup in South Africa has been a success despite the national football team crashing out of the regional competition with just two points from four matches, and finishing bottom of Group B.
Zimbabwe on Tuesday lost 2-1 to a youthful Senegalese side that had five teenagers on display.
The game saw the Warriors throw away an early lead to lose 2-1 to the Teranga Lions who came from behind to hand the six-time champions their second defeat of the tournament.
Zimbabwe drew nil-all with Mozambique in their opening encounter of the campaign, laboured to a 2-all draw with Malawi before suffering 2-0 and 2-1 defeats to Namibia and Senegal respectively.
This means the Warriors exited the tournament with just two points, having played a game more than all the other teams.
Following the Warriors’ defeat, it means Logarusic has just one win from 12 games in which he has been in charge of Zimbabwe since taking over from Joey Antipas last year.
It was also his seventh defeat in charge of the Warriors.
Until the defeat to Namibia, Zimbabwe had never lost a game in regulation time in the past six years. But they lost twice in just 48 hours.
The defiant Croation however told a local radio station Tuesday his mission was accomplished as he was only using the tournament to assess players.
“The fixtures really killed us. We are not looking for excuses but to play in seven days, four international games with a limited squad was very disastrous.
“But anyway, we tried our best. We did not look for excuses.
“Ofcourse today we were leading 1-0 but fatigue killed us and 43rd minute, we received 1-1 and in the 88th minute, we lost the game 2-1.
“Anyway, we saw what we had to see.”
The Warriors gaffer said his technical team discovered few good players to use for the next CHAN campaign and World Cup qualification fixtures.
“That was our main target,” he added.
“I think the tournament was successful except those two draws when we had to draw 0-0 and 2-2. I think also we were very close to be in the game and this game today also we were close.
“We deserved, minimum, a draw. This is a good lessen for our future players, future CHAN team.
“Almost all of them started without any senior player, all of them were from the local league excluding the goalkeeper. He is from Spain.”