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Sports News of Monday, 29 January 2018


Ex-Kotoko coach Logarusic does not rule out Ghana League return

Former Asante Kotoko coach Zdravko Lugarusic has refused to rule out a return to the Ghana Premier League in future.

Lugarusic was surprisingly sacked by Asante Kotoko after just four months with the club.

The Porcupines Warriors fired Logarusic apparently because they were not impressed with the tactics of the Croatian trainer, who claimed five wins, four draws and two defeats in 10 official games.

Kotoko were second when Zdravko left but finished the season outside the top four although they won the FA Cup.

“I came [to Kotoko] without proper pre-season, all the players they signed had just started training," Logarusic said.

''If you [didn’t] get proper pre-season, five, six or seven weeks, then you can’t play proper football because you [won’t] get power, you [won’t] get strength and stamina to play; you have to play the type of football that suits the team and the players,

“Sometimes you lose but when you are on the right track, with only three months together, in a good position, [there’s] no reason to panic, but they decided to change. I’ve to follow their decision. They hired me, they fired me,” he added.

The sacking proved to be a blessing in disguise for Logarusic, who landed himself a bigger job as head coach of the Sudan national team. But he has not ruled out a return to the Ghanaian topflight.

“I will like to return],” he said. "With the three sides [King Faisal, Ashgold and Kotoko], we made something nice. With Ashantigold we played the Confederation Cup and lost against Etoile Du Sahel.

“I have nothing against coming back to Ghana again in the future. For me, with a good program, good offer, it can be Kotoko, Ashantigold or any other else. Any coach wants to coach in Ghana. If you are in Ghana and play in Africa it means you are a coach,” he added.

Logarusic has made a wonderful start to life as Sudan coach, guiding the local team to the semi-finals of the ongoing CHAN 2018 tournament.

Their reward is a clash against Nigeria.