Gor Mahia part ways with coach Zdravko Logarusic

K'Ogalo finally sends packing the Croat tactician and appoint his assistant John 'Bobby' Ogolla to take charge for the remaining league and Cup matches

By Dennis Mabuka

Gor Mahia FC coach Zdravko Logarusic has been fired by the club’s management. The decision to axe the Croat tactician comes after a long and unclear wait for his return from holiday in his native home Croatia.

Logarusic failed to report back as was expected by the club management and assistant coach John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla stood in as the head coach when K'Ogalo beat Karuturi Sports 2-1 at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday.

A letter sent to him via email signed by club secretary General, George Bwana read in part: "You have not returned to your coaching duties on the day agreed and as far as we are concerned, you have deserted work. The club has decided to relieve you of your duties with immediate effect.”

Bwana appreciated Logarusic’s services and indicated that John 'Bobby' Ogolla will lead the team as the head coach in the league title campaign and other competitions as well.

“We wish to thank Logarusic for the services he has so far rendered to the club and wish him well in his future endeavours. Bobby Ogolla will continue to handle the team as the search for a long term coach begins in earnest,” added Bwana.

Logarusic joined Gor Mahia last season after replacing Cameroonian coach Anaba Awono. He brought great success to the club winning two trophies - Kenya FA domestic Cup and the (KPL) Top 8 tournament.

Logarusic also helped the club to finish runners-up in the premiership missing the title by a whisker on the final day after drawing 1-1 with Thika United at City Stadium. With Gor, Logarusic went a record 22 matches un-beaten.