Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
2 minute read
5 Nov 2021
10:01 am

AmaZulu’s McCarthy satisfied with point against Gallants

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

"We take the point and move on,” said McCarthy.

Benni McCarthy during the DStv Premiership 2021/22 match between AmaZulu and Marumo Gallants at King Zwelithini Stadium, Umlazi on Thursday. (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix)

AmaZulu FC coach Benni McCarthy says not playing in the stadium they are used to and having to replay their match against Marumo Gallants are the reasons that they ended up getting only a point in a tie where they could have got maximum points.

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The game was scheduled for Wednesday, but ended up being suspended because of jersey colours clashing. The Usuthu coach, however, is okay to have walked away with a point and doesn’t put the blame on his charges after the teams played to a 0-0 draw at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Thursday.

“We have to be satisfied with a point that we got because that’s what we got and we can’t change it now. So, we take the point and move on,” said McCarthy.

“As a club, you look to have stability. You can’t sit and move from one venue to the next venue. Like we play games at Moses Mabhida one week, and then we move to Jonsson Kings Park, and then King Zwelithini, of course its destabilizing. We have never played here, and then you ask us to win our home matches. As much as it is in Durban, it is a pitch that we have used for the first time this season. Home advantage gone, already out of the window and you have the debacle that happened yesterday. You play 10 minutes and then the game gets abandoned due to the opposition not having a second kit and then you get asked to go home and come back the next day.”

“I can’t really fault the players because these are things that are out of their control and because of that, we throw away a game where we could or should have gotten all the three points.”

McCarthy and his charges have collected 11 points from nine games in the league. The KwaZulu-Natal club coach will be hoping for a better performance when Usuthu hosts his former club Cape Town City on Sunday.