AFC Leopards appoints Logarusic as head coach

Ingwe have finally settled to hire ex-Gor Mahia Croat tactician on a two year deal and will be unveiled next week when team returns from Mumias

AFC Leopards have appointed former Gor Mahia coach Zdravko Logarusic as new head coach ahead of 2015 season.

Ingwe have confirmed through a statement signed by secretary general George Aladwa and obtained by Goal that the Croat tactician will lead the side after agreeing to pen a two year contract.

"AFC Leopards have appointed Zdravko Logarusic as our head coach. Logarusic has three different football coaching Diplomas and Licenses in Croatia and UEFA Pro license. Logarusic will be unveiled next week since our team is currently in Mumias for a ten-day pre-season training ahead of start of 2015 season.

“We urge our fans to give the technical bench full support as we strive to perform better than last season when we finished empty handed. We are confident that Logarusic will tranform Ingwe and win us titles."

Logarusic's last assignment was at Tanzanian giants Simba SC where he was fired immediately after his side lost 3-0 to Zesco United of Zambia in a friendly match.

Goal exclusively revealed on Friday that AFC Leopards were closing in on a coach to replace fired Pieter De Jongh after club’s top hierarchy were forced to vote to pick between Logarusic and Romanian Marin Dorin.

The appointment of Logarusic was also hastened by the fact that Marin had indicated that he is pursuing other openings in Brazil and Syria and will not wait for too long for Leopards to make up their mind.

Logarusic will be making a comeback to Kenyan league after guiding AFC Leopards’ rivals Gor Mahia to two trophies - Kenya FA domestic Cup and KPL Top 8 tournament – in 2012. The Croat is also remembered to have taken Gor Mahia to a record 22 matches unbeaten during the same period.

'Loga’s record at Dar es Salaam-based giants Simba was far from impressive. He took over from Frenchman Patrick Liewig when Simba were still in contention to win league title. But he led them to 4th place behind Yanga, Mbeya City and Azam.

During his stint at Simba SC, 'Loga' coached in 21 matches, winning 8, losing 8 and drawing 5, also an unacceptable for a club used to dominating in Tanzania.

While at Gor Mahia, he was also on record to have dared club officials that he did not fear losing his job. He told Goal then, :“I doubt if (Gor Mahia) chairman (Ambrose Rachier) would sack me. I know there are some elements within club management who have been sabotaging me and want me out, but if they decide so, I care less. I do not fear losing my job.”