Courtesy of michezoafrika.com
With reports suggesting Gor Mahia’s coach Zdravko Logarusic is on his way out of the club at the end of the season, Gor Mahia Secretary General George Bwana has come out to reiterate the club’s commitment to retain the coach for a minimum of three years.
Logarusic joined Gor Mahia after the sacking of Cameroonian Anaba Awono following a series of poor results and since taking over, Gor Mahia has been at their best beating teams at will in all competitions.
According to George Bwana, Gor Mahia and Logarusic have a two year renewable partnership agreement and they are committed to keep him at the club.
“Logarusic is a professional and a good coach. Everybody can see what he has done turning around the fortunes of the club in a very short time and we are not about to let that go away just like that. We wanted a good coach and from the many who applied, we settled on Logarusic who has not disappointed us so far,” Bwana says.
“Together, we have an agreement and a three year strategic plan to make Gor Mahia one of the best teams in Africa. We have set up plans to effect so many changes at the club and the coach plays a fundamental role in all the strategies to be employed in achieving our desired goal.” He added.
“However, with all these, we acknowledge that the coach has his own targets that must be met as well. With his good results, he needs to be properly remunerated and as Gor Mahia we will do our best to ensure he remains at Gor Mahia.” He adds.
Although Bwana was cagey on divulging salary details, other sources suggest Logarusic rakes in 250,000 shillings a month from the club’s kitty. Recently, Dr. Evans Kidero paid for a fully furnished apartment for the coach but with other more lucrative offers flying in from all corners of Africa, Gor Mahia will have to pay more for the tactician’s extension of stay.
“We are trying and we will keep working hard towards making the coach happy. With the good performance he has brought to the team, we are definitely seeing an improved revenue collection. But again as a community club, it is sad to say we can only do so much.”
For 17 years since 1995, Gor Mahia has not won the league title and this is the closest chance they have to end the dry period under the Croat. Currently Gor Mahia is placed second on the league table behind Tusker and in firm contention for the league title.
“It is shameful that as one of the best clubs in this region we have not won the league since 1995.We could be having cabinets full of trophies by now and with Logarusic, we believe our three year strategic plan will change this trend. But this can only be achieved when there is good, calm and beautiful atmosphere in all departments at the club including players’ motivation and proper remuneration of the technical bench. We understand this and we will work towards achieving our desired goals which include keeping the coach at Gor Mahia.”