Gor Mahia fans will have every reason to bask in glory after their much sought ‘asset’ and head coach Zdarvko Logarusic penned a new deal that will keep him at K’ogalo until the end of the 2013 campaign.
Logarusic’s initial deal was set to expire in April 2013 just two months after the resumption of the Kenya Premier League (KPL) which gets underway on February 16.
Club deputy secretary general Roselinder Achieng’ exclusively revealed to Goal.com that the 50 year-old Croat has agreed terms with the club and will stay until end of the season. Goal.com later confirmed that the club had doubled Logarusic's wages from Sh250, 000 to Sh500, 000 a month.
“Yes, I can confirm to you that everything has been sorted out with the coach. He will be here with us till the end of the season. We opted for short term engagements over long term commitment.”
Contract talks between the award winning tactician and the club has dragged for long and there was uncertainty over his long term future.
Even after his return from an extended break from Croatian two weeks ago, the outspoken coach maintained a studious silence on the matter.
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.