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Zebras Announce Markaj As Coach

The worst kept secret in Tasmanian Football is now out, with Gabriel Markaj officially announced as the head coach the Hobart Zebras for the 2018 season.

After being sacked after just 9 games in charge of the Kingborough Lions, Markaj worked with the Hobart Zebras youth side and was an assistant to Tommy Fotak for the back half of the 2017 season where he impressed.

Such was the regard he was held in, he was put in charge of the Senior side in the League Cup with Fotak unavailable and the players were suitably impressed with his knowledge and training sessions.

The outgoing Coach said that he had learned from his time at Kingborough Lions and was confident of success at his new club.

This is my opportunity for a fresh start in Tasmanian football, which I have grown to love over the past season” said Markaj. “Despite negative press last season, you can only learn from your mistakes and I feel Zebras have the right support network within the club to help me in what I want to achieve”

Zebras President Nick Di Giovanni said that the appointment was largely player driven.

“I know he had his faults, what happened at Kingborough, but [he spent] two to three months with the Zebras and the information that came back from the playing staff and the senior playing staff and the coaching staff was that he was very professional,” Di Giovanni told the Mercury newspaper.

The appointment is undoubtedly a gamble from the Zebras who will be hoping to rein in some of his eccentricities and maintain a focus on tactics and training, two of his biggest strengths of a coach.

Markaj was a controversial figure at the Den- Solstice Photography