Make up your mind, Ingwe boss tells Logarusic
“It’s up to you to decide”. This is the message AFC Leopards interim chairman Walter Onyino has passed to errant coach Zdravko Logarusic.
The Croat is on a go slow and has kept off the team’s training as well as giving their league matches a wide berth demanding payment of his salary arrears.
Logarusic failed to travel with the team to Awendo last week to face Sony Sugar in a league match that they lost 2-1, and was again missing from the technical bench on Monday as Ingwe scored a stoppage time equaliser to save them from an imminent defeat to Bandari in a match that ended in a 1-1 draw.
Speaking to the Daily Nation Sport on Wednesday, Onyino, who was recently elected to chair the interim committee after weeks of leadership squabbles at the club said:
“The ball is on his (Logarusic’s) court and I will not give ultimatums to him or anyone including the players until that moment when we play our part and bring normalcy.”
Asked on what action the club had taken on claims by the coach that he was being sabotaged by some members of his backroom staff, Onyino said:
“He has raised that issue with me. But how do we act? When he says so and so is working to bring him down and we have no evidence, how do you address such?”
Leopards have been without a shirt sponsors since the begin of the season when Mumias Sugar Company withdrew their sponsorship.
This led to the exit of several key players during the June player transfer window and the club boss insists that the issue at hand is to raise money to pay the coach and the players three-months salary arrears.
“Right now we are trying to get the money to pay him (Logarusic). If he still wants to work for Leopards after that, it’s up to him,” Onyino said.
Logarusic declined to comment on the matter. Ingwe are currently placed fifth on the log on 35 points from 21 matches played.