Former Asante Kotoko coach Zdravko Lugarusic relishes Ghana Premier League return

Zdravko Lugarusic

Former Asante Kotoko coach Zdravko Lugarusic says he would like to return to the Ghana Premier League in future.

The Croatian tactician was sacked as head coach of the Porcupine Warriors after less than four months into the job following their inconsistent start to last term.

But the 55-year-old gaffer, who now coaches Sudan, has expressed his desire to one day return to the Ghana Premier League.

“I will like to return],” he said. “With the three sides [King Faisal, Ashgold and Kotoko], we made something nice. With Ashantigold we played the Confederation Cup and lost against Etoile Du Sahel,” Lugarusic confessed to GTV’S Benjamin Willie Graham at the ongoing CHAN tournament in Morocco.

“I have nothing against coming back to Ghana again in the future. For me, with good program, with good offer, it can be Kotoko, Ashantigold or any other else. Any coach wants to coach in Ghana. If you are in Ghana and play in Africa it means you are a coach.”

“I came [to Kotoko] without proper pre-season, all the players they signed had just started training.”

He added, “If you [didn’t] get proper pre-season, five, six or seven weeks, then you can’t play proper football because you [won’t] get power, you [won’t] get strength and stamina to play; you have to play the type of football that suits the team and the players.”

“Sometimes you lose but when you are on the right track, with only three months together, in good position, [there’s] no reason to panic, but they decided to change. I’ve to follow their decision. They hired me, they fired me,” he concluded.

Lugarusic has guided the Falcons of Jediane to the semifinal stage of the ongoing Africa Nations Championship (CHAN).

He previously coached Ashanti Gold and King Faisal.


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