Gor Mahia coach Zradvko Logarusic unimpressed with fitness level of Brazilian acquisition Giovanni Rodriguez

EXCLUSIVE: The Croat tactician says the players' fitness level is low and he "must cut on his weight if he wants to play for Gor or take next flight home"
By Dennis Mabuka

Kenya Premier League (KPL) side Gor Mahia coach Zradvko Logarusic has given new Brazilian import Giovanni Rodriguez Bissolli- three days to work on his physical fitness level or he will board the next flight home.

Speaking after the Brazilian held his first training with the club since arriving on Sunday at City Stadium on Tuesday, Logarusic said the players' fitness level was very low and "must cut on his weight if he wants to play for Gor Mahia."

"His (Rodriguez) fitness level is very low and I have three more training sessions to assess whether he will be able to improve," Logarusic told Goal.com.

"From the look of things, he has talent and required skills having played in Brazil's Division One league for three different clubs but if he does not improve on his fitness...I have no option but drop him from my plans."

The 25-year old Brazilian later told Goal.com that it was a big challenge for him but he will work hard to impress. "I have three more days to work on my fitness level and that is a big challenge but I know it can be accomplished."

"I have not been actively involved playing football since I quit Bangladesh side Sheikh Jamal two months ago and that has really affected my fitness."

Logarusic had on Monday during his first training with the team warned the Brazilian that he will have to fight for a position at Gor Mahia like other players if he is signed up.

“It is good he is here, but he must work hard on training. He has to prove that he is the kind of player we are looking for,” said Logarusic.

“If he is not better than Rama Salim, Dan Serunkuma or Paul Kiongera, we will not recruit him. We will put him on the next plan back to Brazil. He has to have something special for us to take him but we will not treat him special."

Rodriguez could become the first ever Brazilian to play in the Kenya league if Gor Mahia decide to offer him a contract.