Zimbabwe Fires Croat Coach Logarusic, Benjani

Former Jomo Cosmos star Benjani Mwaruwari has been sacked just over two weeks after his appointment as Zimbabwe’s assistant coach of the football national team.

The 43-year-old former Warriors captain was sacked along with his boss, national team coach Zdravko Logarusic who is from Croatia.

Mwaruwari was appointed third assistant coach of the national team last month, on 26 August.

Benjani Mwaruwari

During his playing career overseas, Mwaruwari played for Axxure, Portsmouth, Manchester City, Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers, and Portsmouth.

However, at the weekend the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) announced that they had parted ways “amicably” with Loga as the Croat was known in local football circles.

ZIFA said “the entire technical team has also been disbanded”.

The move puts a quick end to Mwaruwari’s coaching career with the national team.

Rumours had been doing the rounds that Loga was sharing his salary with some ZIFA executives to stay employed. He only won one game in 16 as the national coach of Zimbabwe.

The last straw was the loss to Ethiopia in last week’s World Cup qualifier. Zimbabwe sits at the bottom of Group G led by South Africa.

The Warriors have only one point from their draw with Bafana Bafana, who sit on top of the group with four points after their victory over Ghana.

Ghana and Ethiopia have 3 points each.

ZIFA said the decision sack all the coaches was taken by the “full executive committee”.

No mention was made of the “protection money” Loga was said to be dishing out to some Zifa executives.