Warriors boss set to miss Zim’s Cosafa opener
By Sports Reporter
Zimbabwe senior national football head coach Zdravko Logarusic (pictured) was set to miss the Warriors’ Cosafa Cup opening tie against Mozambique Wednesday even after the country’s football governing body, Zifa finally sorted his visa headaches with the Croatian expatriate expected to jet into South Africa Tuesday night.
Logarusic was deported from South Africa Monday after issues were raised by the neighbouring country’s immigration officials over his visa status.
Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said Tuesday the football mentor’s visa debacle has been put behind, with the coach expected to travel to South Africa same night.
There was however a last-minute switch of the regional competition’s match schedule with the Warriors match moved forward to Wednesday instead of the original Thursday date.
This means the Warriors boss, who was set to fly into Johannesburg enroute to Port Elizabeth, will have to spend Wednesday travelling and may not be involved in his team’s opening fixture.
This will leave assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya in charge of the 20-men squad, set to do battle with Mozambique at the Isaac Wolfson stadium in Port Elizabeth.
Changes on the fixture schedule were caused by the last-minute withdrawal of Madagascar from the competition, triggering a change of format in the holding of the regional tournament this year.
After Mozambique, the Warriors are set to face Malawi on Friday and Namibia on Sunday.