Gor Mahia Coach Logarusic shifts attention to Sofapaka battle

The Croat tactician turns his attention to the premiership as K'ogalo kick-start their chase for the 2013 title when they face Sofapaka at Kasarani on Saturday

By Tom Musungu

After ensuring his team sailed through to the first round of the Caf Confederations Cup, Gor Mahia Coach Zdravko Logarusic will shift his attention to the start of the premiership campaign when he faces Sofapaka at Kasarani on Saturday.

Due to their involvement in the Caf competition, Gor Mahia has missed the first two weeks of local league action and will get into the thick of things this weekend.

Logarusic comes into the 2013 season of the KPL with a lot of expectations written all over after K’ogalo narrowly missed the title last season, finishing second behind eventual winners Tusker FC.

Coach Logarusic has outlined that he would want to win the league, the only local trophy he has not had his hands on since joining Gor Mahia in March last year.

However, he is worried by their stuffed schedule that sees them travel within Africa as well as participating in the local tournaments.

“It is tough, a very big challenge keeping up with all these competitions. I mean we have the Caf matches, then we have the league, in April the Top 8 and the FKF Cup are starting and we must do well in all these tournaments," Logarusic told Goal.com.

“What will work for us is squad rotation. We have 27 players in our team and we have to ensure that all of them play. We cannot afford to overwork some players because that will be a recipe for failure."

Looking on to the Sofapaka match, Logarusic is hoping his charges will rise to the occasion and start their league campaign with a bang.

“It has always been tight between us and Sofapaka. Tactically and technically they are a good team and we respect them a lot."

"For us, we are looking at starting the league positively and that means we have to work hard for a win against them on Saturday."

Sofapaka have neither lost nor conceded in their first two matches of the season, beating Thika United and drawing away to Ulinzi Stars last Friday.