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Logarusic eager for first title

Thursday November 1 2012

By ODINDO AYIEKO [email protected]

Gor Mahia coach Zdravko Logarusic is looking to winning his first ever national league title since coming to Africa three years ago.

The Croat first landed in Ghana in 2009 where he coached Ashanti Gold before moving to King Faisal last year. In both clubs he lifted them from the bottom to title contenders.

The Top Eight title which he won with the Gor was his first silverware, but he has never come this close to winning a league title.

Gor Mahia are just two matches away from winning their first league title in 17 years and Logarusic is in the thick of things.

The 52-year-old is enjoying his coaching career and as it stands, he is just 180 minutes of football away from winning the league.

Already he is the top contender for the league’s best coach this season but that will not quench his thirst.

“I am better off winning the league title than being declared the best coach. Winning the league is the bigger prize,” he said.

17-match unbeaten run

Gor Mahia play Muhoroni Youth at the City Stadium on Sunday before a final date with Thika United on the closing day of the league. Two wins, however slim, will hand K’Ogalo their first league title since 1995.

 Logarusic says the 17 unbeaten match run will count for nothing if they fail to win the next two games, first against Muhoroni on Sunday and next weekend against Thika United.

“We have come a long way. The path we have covered has been rocky, sometimes muddy, sometimes smooth but we have come out strong. Now the prize is within touching distance, we cannot afford to fall,” said Logarusic.

“This is like a marathon, you only count yourself successful when you are first on the tape.”

Fighting relegation

Logarusic is however wary of the threat Muhoroni pose to his side.

“It is not usually easy against teams that are fighting relegation. Muhoroni is a good side and I believe they have worked hard to ensure they do survive.

They are also looking at winning the game against us to survive, so you can see how important this game is to both sides,” said the Croatian.

“We have the chance to wrap up the title this weekend and so we must give it our best. My players know just how much the next 180 minutes of their league football matters.”

Logarusic came to Gor Mahia in April when the club was in total shambles. They had only won one match in seven, drawn three and lost three.

By that time they were 14th, a massive 11 points behind former leaders AFC Leopards. Gor even sank further with subsequent defeats to Oserian and Ulinzi and a draw with Mathare leaving them 18 points off the pace.

But the Croat has turned around the fortunes of the club and hauled them from relegation candidates to favourites to lift the coveted trophy. They are on 55 points, one ahead of both Tusker and AFC Leopards with two games to play.