Logarusic: You ignored me...I will not select you!

Logarusic: You ignored me...I will not select you!

The Warriors defeated Botswana 1-0 on Thursday to secure a berth at next year's continental showpiece and Loga, who has previously coached Kenyan clubs Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards said, " Some players who are in Europe ignored our calls when we needed them, but now that we have qualified, they are calling me. I have blocked them.

Zimbabwe Head Coach Zdravko Logarusic has revealed that he will not select players who ignored his calls and messages during the team's successful AFCON qualification campaign,

The Warriors defeated Botswana 1-0 on Thursday to secure a berth at next year's continental showpiece and Loga, who has previously coached Kenyan clubs Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards said, " Some players who are in Europe ignored our calls when we needed them, but now that we have qualified, they are calling me. I have blocked them.

“I don’t do like other coaches who just look at how good a player is. For me, I consider a player’s character first, the personality, that is, if you love your country and then the rest. If you don’t love your country why should I select you. "

A couple of foreign based-players turned down the call-ups after they had been included in the Zimbabwean squad for the AFCON qualifiers.

England-based striker Macauley Bonne refused to travel to Zimbabwe despite getting a local passport while some South Africa-based stars also ignored the calls for the national duty.

Loga told Zimbabwean media that those players are now calling him for future selections after the team had qualified to the AFCON, but he has shut the door on them.

“We have players who have shown disrespect, and we are not going to work with them,” Logarusic said.

“Players like Knowledge Musona and Victor Kamhuka travelled thousands of miles to come for national duty, but some players in South Africa refused to come because they don’t have the country at heart."

 

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