Courtesy of the Standard
For a team that was on cloud nine towards the end of 2012 season, Gor Mahia’s head coach Zdravko Logarusic has been at pains trying to explain the goal
There will be no KPL matches this weekend as the National team prepare for a World Cup qualifier against Nigeria’s Super Eagles to be played at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, on Wednesday. But as the league takes a break, the coach left for Croatia last evening unsure about his return.
“I have to go since I need time to relax and stay away from football,” said Zdravko, as he was preparing to take his flight back to Croatia, stating that he doesn’t know when he’ll come back.
Speaking on telephone to FeverPitch, the club Secretary General, George Bwana, said there’s absolutely nothing to worry about Zdravko leaving the country and that the Croat, like any other employee, is ‘just on leave.’
A section of Gor fans and officials alike have expressed their unhappiness with the Croat’s tactics and approach to matches. The club just got bundled out of the prestigious KPL TOP 8 Tournament, in which they were the defending champions after failing to make a mark in the continental tourney.
However, the recent loss away to Western Stima at Mumias Sugar Sports Complex seems to have rubbed some officials the wrong way and a section of Gor’s loyal and active fans who have previously questioned the coach’s pay are now pushing for explanation or action to be taken against the Croat. They are saying that the coach isn’t giving them value for money.
“Zdravko is earning too much yet the team is not winning. Instead, the boys display a lackluster performance, unlike the previous beautiful game attributed to Gor,” said Osewe Kaluoch, who is the Secretary of Gor’s Away Branch.
Last Tuesday, the club’s technical Committee was locked up in a closed-door meeting in what FeverPitch can now reveal was an emergency meeting called to discuss the team’s latest string of poor results.
In a meeting chaired by the Club’s treasurer Samuel Ominde, questions were raised on the whereabouts of senior vice chairman, David Kilo, who led the delegation to Mumias. Apparently, some of the committee members felt that the players could have done better than letting go all the three points.
“Preparing a team for a match is not a walk in the park. As such, we are upset with the latest string of poor results. I am keenly following all the leads just to unearth the cause of poor results,” said Bwana.
Gor Mahia members are set to conduct their club elections at the end of this year. The tell-tale signs of the usual mudslinging and blame games within the club’s top decision-making organ are quite clear.
One of the club officials, who isn’t allowed to speak on behalf of the club, told FeverPitch that some of the club officials have started aligning themselves in preparation for November polls and, in turn, such developments hamper the team’s preparations for matches.