Lugarusic promises Kotoko return after sacking

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The Porcupine Warriors former manager has thanked the club's leadership and supporters for the opportunity and believes he will one day make a return

Former Asante Kotoko coach Zdravko Lugarusic has given a 'sensational' farewell message after being sacked this week.

The 52-year-old was relieved of his duties after he failed to defeat Ebusua Dwarfs in the Ghana Premier League, making it four games without a win and leaving them four points behind leaders Wafa.

However, he has promised to return in the future as a better coach to complete his unfinished business.

"Coaches are coming and going and I think I tried my best for the moment for Kotoko and had proper support," Lugarusic told Light FM.

"Sometimes, small refereeing decisions or small mistakes from defenders or attackers determine the destiny of coaches. I had few of such mistakes and sometimes they were from me and such things put us in a difficult situation.

"If I am leaving, it doesn't mean goodbye. Maybe I will see you again and that is the key thing. All of us are learning and maybe in a year, two or three years time I will be a bit better coach. A better coach compared to what I am right now and I can be here again," he added.

Despite the circumstances surrounding his sacking Lugarusic praised the entire Kotoko fraternity for the opportunity given him.

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"I must say a big thank you to the management of Kotoko for giving me such an opportunity to be the coach of such a big club.

"Secondly, I want to say big thank you to the fans for their support. Even in the time that we did not play good football, they were still behind us but thanks also for the hard times and experiences, it is part of the job," he added.

Kotoko have named assistant coach Godwin Ablordey as the caretaker coach until the end of the first round of the season. Former Kotoko defender Stephen Frimpong Manso has also been appointed to play the advisory role to Ablordey.