Kenya Premier League (KPL) side Gor Mahia FC tactician Zdravko Logarusic jetted back into Nairobi on Sunday to end speculations surrounding his future with the club.
Gor Mahia Secretary General George Bwana confirmed to Goal.com that the Croat will be in charge of the team’s training at City Stadium on Monday.
“Logarusic is back from holiday,” revealed Bwana. “He (Logarusic) arrived on Sunday morning (6.30 am) but will take a rest to shake off jet lag and then resume work tomorrow (Monday) at City Stadium.”
“I always told people that Logarusic belongs to Gor Mahia and they pretended to know the club more than we (officials) do. Logarusic loves this club and we are hopefully going to discuss his contract situation and tie him up to Gor Mahia before the 2013 season gets underway.”
After the conclusion of the 2012 season where he helped Gor Mahia to a double – FKF domestic Cup and KPL top eight trophy – Logarusic hinted that he could not be the tactician to guide K’ogalo in the 2013 campaign since ‘we are yet to agree on my contract extension.”
However, after new year, the Croatian went to his facebook page where he revealed that he will be returning to coach the club. Logarusic wrote, '“Happy New Year Gor Mahia family! Hope to meet you guys soon! Thanks so much for your comments and compliments and messages.”
“I appreciate your messages and compliments on my page. Thank you for your support and have a great year.”
Logarusic's decision not to pen a new contract had attracted interest from top clubs among them Zamalek of Egypt, Tanzanian giants Simba and Yanga and local rivals AFC Leopards.
Gor Mahia, who finished second in the league last season, open their pursuit for the title with a tough fixture against 2010 champions Ulinzi Stars in a mid-week duel at Nyayo Stadium.
The match has been pushed to mid-week since Gor Mahia will be involved in a Confederation Cup match that weekend against Anse Reunion of Seychelles. After Ulinzi, Gor Mahia will confront Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) at Kasarani before playing their first away fixtures in Bukhungu Stadium against newcomers Homeboyz Kakamega.