Joey Antipas Defends Under Fire Warriors Coach
Former Warriors caretaker coach Joey Antipas says the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) should not listen to calls from some sections of the media and fanbase to fire current national team coach Zdravko Logarusic.
Since his appointment in February 2020, the Croat has managed just one victory out of 12 matches in the Warriors dugout.
Loga’s solitary victory was the 1-0 win over Botswana last March, which sealed qualification to the upcoming AFCON 2021 finals in Cameroon.
In an interview with H-Metro on Thursday, Antipas called for patience as calls to have Loga sacked continue. The Chicken Inn gaffer said:
This is not the time to fire Logarusic, ZIFA should give a deaf ear to the critics and respect his contract.
It could have been a different conversation if he had not qualified the nation to the AFCON.
He gave privilege to the youngsters we had not seen in Warriors colours, it was a brave decision which we must respect. It is unfair to pinpoint everything on him.
Most of our senior players are now at the twilight of their careers and we are not aware of that.
Antipas argued that Logarusic should no be judged solely on the basis of his results at the COSAFA Cup tournament. He said:
COSAFA is a developmental tournament and it hurts not to do well considering our background but let us not be emotional.
I urge him (Logarusic) to be strong. He should stay positive and stick to his ideologies and also fans should uphold his project.
Rome was not built in one day. As a country, we are in the darkest moments and let us not play the blame game. We need collective ideas.
Zimbabwe was in group B with Malawi, Senegal, Namibia and Mozambique. The Warriors finished with two points scoring three goals in four games, from two draws and two defeats.