Former Gor Mahia coach Zdravko Logarusic has vowed to take Kenya Police to the “promised land” after taking up the coaching role at the FKF Premier League outfit on Thursday.
The 57-year-old Croat was unveiled to take over the mantle at the law enforcers after the club parted ways with coach Francis Baraza owing to a string of poor results in the top-flight. Speaking after being unveiled on a one-year renewable contract, Logarusic, who has coached Gor Mahia rivals AFC Leopards in the Kenyan league, promised to deliver the goods and further insisted Police will fight for the title this season.
“We are not here for the top four, we are here for the top one,” said Logarusic, adding: “I’m going to work with the team one hour and a half today and tomorrow to try and pick up some pieces that we can change in a short time and then on Saturday we do the job in a positive way and get started from there on.”
With Police spending big to sign quality players among them Kenneth Muguna and Tyson Otieno, Logarusic was asked if he would be comfortable working under pressure with the club’s top hierarchy looking to want trophies this season.
“Pressure is part of my job, I have to deal with pressure,” said Logarusic, adding: “Of course the first game we are going to know about the situation a bit deeper but we have to start from the first game and get the result.”
He continued: “We have very good players in the squad, we have players here, who play for the Kenya national team, we have players in our ranks, who should be national team players, we have stars, we have to find out what is wrong with the team and how each of them can give us a hundred and ten percent to get out from the current situation we are in.”
Police chairman Nyale Munga explained the decision to go for the services of Logarusic describing him as a top-class coach and the right man to take the club to the next level. “You know, Logarusic is everything. If you want to win a game, if you want to win the league just get Logarusic and everything will be fine, he is a coach of international repute, a coach who has won trophies and we are confident he will reciprocate the same here.”
Logarusic arrives at Police, who are currently lying 15th on the 18-team table with three points from four matches. They are yet to win a match having started off with a 0-0 draw against Kariobangi Sharks, then suffered a 3-0 defeat against Posta Rangers, drew 1-1 against promoted Shabana FC before forcing another 2-2 draw against AFC Leopards.