From Daily Nation
Gor Mahia FC is finalising talks with Croatian coach Zdravko Logarusic to take over the club’s technical bench.
Logarusic arrived in Nairobi on Thursday morning from Ghana where he has been coach of Ashanti Gold until last December when he parted ways with the club.
The 50-year-old, bald-headed Croat has coached in Croatia, Sweden, Germany, Australia and Ghana and says he has the capacity to change the floundering fortunes of K’Ogalo, 12th in the Kenyan Premier League table winless in the past six games.
“I have been monitoring what has been happening at Gor Mahia and I believe this is a great club which deserves to be fighting for the title and not struggling as it is,” said Logarusic when he arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi.
“I have keenly watched their matches and I can say the team has great potential. The fans also have passion, which is quite good.”
More than 10 foreign coaches applied for the Gor job after the position fell vacant following the disbandment of the previous bench that was headed by Cameroonian Anaba Awono.
Club legend John Otieno “Bobby” Ogolla has been handling the team for the past month and, with the expected arrival of the Croat, according to the club’s secretary-general George Bwana, the bench will be stronger.
We are excited that he has shown interest to coach Gor Mahia,” added Bwana, who said Ogolla and team manager Tom Ogweno would be retained.
“Looking at his record I believe he can take Gor Mahia far and I just hope the Gor family will welcome him and give him all the support.”
Ogolla has indicated he needed assistance to handle the team, which has 33 registered players.
On Thursday, Gor officials were trying to tie some loose ends and discuss terms with the Croat, who is said to be interested in a one-year renewable contract based on performance.
In his application letter, Logarusic said: “I believe I can be an asset to your club in bringing fresh and different approaches, many new technical and practical innovations to bolster true soccer professionalism.
“My past practical experiences with various football clubs around the world and communication with many professional coaches strengthen my significantly different working style.”
He holds a Uefa Pro Licence and three other coaching certificates.