WARRIORS coach Zdravko “Loga” Logarusic is putting more emphasis on the team’s defensive capabilities after taking charge of his first training session with locally-based players yesterday.
Loga was named the new Warriors coach in January and it was only yesterday that he finally started working with his new players as they prepare for the 2020 Chan finals to be held in Cameroon in April.
During the greater part of the training session at Hellenic Sports Club in the capital, the Croat was working on the positional discipline of his back line players.
Loga, who has coached clubs in Kenya, Tanzania as well as the Sudanese national team, feels there is not much disciplined defending in the continent’s game.
As a result, he wants to instil a solid back line for the Warriors which will be difficult to breach.
“Today we focused a bit on defence; how to tidy it up a bit and not to give away easy goals; that is the biggest problem in African teams.
“When it comes to attacking, each of these players can turn the game upside down within a second but let’s tidy up the defending a bit.
“We need to have harmony in defence; to know what you have to do and know what basics that need to be done.
“From there on, I think we will be OK but it will not be easy because we will have only six training sessions and three games,” Logarusic said.
Zimbabwe have been placed in a tough Group A for the tournament which includes the hosts Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Mali.
The warriors’ best finish in this tournament designed specifically for locally-based players was a fourth place at the 2014 edition in South Africa.
Loga refused to divulge the targets he has set for his players for this competition, which kicks off with the Warriors taking on the Indomitable Lions in Yaounde on April 4.
“All of the countries have the same expectation; to reach the final and lift the trophy. But we must talk realistically; this team is not playing in the league now.
“That means we are not match fit and we do not know the form the players are in at the moment. Not every player will be in form during pre-season.
“We will try to take the best we can take and try to do our best without fake promises but for sure we are going to give it 100 percent; both from me and the players.”