Courtesy of EA Standard
y GILBERT WANDERA
Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Gor Mahia officials insist they will do everything to hang onto Croatian coach Zdravko Logarusic who has indicated a desire to leave the club at the end of this season.
The club Secretary General George Bwana said yesterday the coach has a contract with the club running until early next year and couldn’t just walk out.
“When his contract expires in March next year then we will sit down with him and discuss the future. Until then, he is still our coach,” said Bwana.
He admitted that their current sponsorship by Tuzo is not enough to meet the requirements of the coach and they are looking at the possibility of bringing on board another sponsor.
“What we get from our current sponsors is only enough to pay the salaries of members of the team and after that we cannot do much.
“In this regard we are pursuing other options including getting a second sponsor and then perhaps we can meet the needs of the coach and entice him to stay with us for a longer period.
“He has done a lot for the club and turned around our performance and everyone can see it. Every team wants to keep a performing coach and Gor are no different,” said the official.
On Monday, Logarusic revealed his intention to leave the club at the end of the season.
Logarusic said while he appreciates the support from fans and other football stakeholders, he believes Gor cannot meet his needs hence the desire to leave for greener pastures.
He said there are already five offers from several quarters who are willing to pay him five times what Gor Mahia are giving him and he was seriously considering the offers.
Logarusic confirmed he has informed Gor officials of his decision to leave the club.
He took over the team in March when they were placed 14th on the log and has transformed the team significantly and they are currently placed second in the standings with 46 points. They also won the KPL Top 8 tournament after stopping Ulinzi Stars 2-0 a month ago.
Apart from their ambitions of winning the league this year, Gor are also in contention to lift the Football Kenya Federation Cup where they are currently in the quarter-finals.
Elsewhere, with no league matches this weekend, Gor will host Re-Union in a local build- up match at the City Stadium.
The match will be played on Saturday and kicks off at 4pm. Gate charges will be Sh300 for VIP and Sh100 for terraces.