Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
WARRIORS coach Zdravko ‘Loga’ Logarusic is delighted to see Marvelous Nakamba’s Aston Villa survive relegation describing it as ‘good for Zimbabwean football.’
Villa avoided the chop on the last day of the season and Loga said it is good to have players competing at top level.
He, however, believes it is time for Nakamba to make the right decision that guarantees him game time.
In an exclusive interview with H-Metro yesterday, the coach also spoke on the implications and his thoughts on the relegation of Teenage Hadebe and Macauley Bonne’s teams to lower divisions.
Hadebe’s Yeni Malatyaspor were relegated from the Turkish Super Lig while Bonne’s Charlton Athletic dropped from Championship to the League One – all on the last day of the season.
The Croat coach, who is yet to take charge of the Warriors due to Covid-19, spoke on Tendayi Darikwa’s Nottingham Forest’s missed opportunity to qualify for Premier League through play offs.
He also spoke on Tino Kadewere’s fine form in France and possible Warriors players in various leagues around the world, and the way forward.
“In the beginning he was in the starting line up at the end of the season, he started most of the time from the bench but now that they have survived, he has to see what the coach thinks about him.
“For sure Aston Villa will bring a few players and let’s see which kind of players they will bring.
“Maybe they are counting on him or not for the next season, if they bring a defensive midfield player that means he will not play so many games next season, if they bring players on other positions it means they are still relying on him as a starting player.
“Let’s see how it goes, for him it’s very important to make decisions by himself, he has to see how he feels at Aston Villa. I think he feels comfortable being Premier League, he should stay there if possible.
“Maybe he needs a bit more time for adaptation, it’s also hard to keep the form at the same time. I think the Covid-19 break also distracted him because before coronavirus, he was a regular player. Let him make proper decision, I think he is in the best football age and next year he can be the player for the national team, we need him in the Premier League, we need him to represent Zimbabwe and I hope he will stay there and it’s good for Zimbabwe.”
TEENAGE HADEBE AND MACAULEY BONNE
“Hadebe and Bonne, I think they also need a bit more time for adaptation at their respective clubs. I think it’s not necessary for them to run from club to club.
“Maybe it’s the best for them to stay more extra years at their clubs and they should fight properly to pick up their positions and immediately come back in the higher ranks for the competition. They have quality and talent and maybe next season they will show themselves in a proper way.”
“On Darikwa at Nottingham Forest, I think he played very little last year and has been on sidelines. And let’s hope with proper training for the next season he can prepare for himself properly. And he can show why he is there and help the team, I think he is not on the transfer list and they are counting on him and that will be great.”
“Tino Kadewere is still doing well, what we expect from a striker, at Lyon and the hope is injuries will not affect him and let’s hope the coach will have patience for him and for sure he will show his quality because about quality no any question.”
DAVID MOYO (Hamilton, Scotland)
“And also David Moyo at Hamilton, he scores sometimes two weeks ago, because I follow most of them and our striking line in Europe is really good and we have a good striking line in South Africa and also good attacking players in Zimbabwe.”
WAY FORWARD . . .
“It will be very interesting in the future that which one we will pick for which position and which one is in the right form and right position to play when those international games start.
“Because with national team, we must check who was the player before, who is the player right now and who is the player in the future. We can see who can produce results right now, at the time of the game. That means names are not playing football, players are playing football.”