Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
2 minute read
9 Nov 2021
1:40 pm

McCarthy lauds his AmaZulu charges after City victory

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Usuthu recorded a 2-0 victory over the Capetonians.

Benni McCarthy, head coach of AmaZulu (Photo by Steve Haag/BackpagePix/Gallo Images)

The international break has come at a point where AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy feels his players deserve some time off following their good performance in their last game against Cape Town City.

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Usuthu recorded a 2-0 victory over the Capetonians in a DStv Premiership tie at the Moses Mabhida Stadium last Sunday. The result was pleasing to McCarthy, especially after his side lost 2-0 to Sekhukhune United prior to the Cape City clash.

“The last two games, we definitely haven’t been ourselves. We looked like the old AmaZulu that got the fighting spirit. When they have the ball our movement is good and when we put balls in the right areas and create chances and score goals. So, we looked like the old AmaZulu from where we came from to where we are today, I take the 2-0. I am also happy for Veli (Mothwa) that he didn’t concede again. Another clean sheet, something to build on some positives and confidence for the goalkeeper. But overall, for the whole team,” said the AmaZulu mentor.

“Now the international break comes at a time where we can regroup and we can give the boys a few days off. They deserve to be with their families and enjoy themselves. When we come back we focus on Stellenbosch because they are high flyers. They don’t come any easier, very difficult. Stellenbosch is another tough opposition and we have to be ready.”

McCarthy added that they had a perfect plan for City, and saying his charges showed the kind of a team they are made of.

“I am happy for the boys, I am happy for the win, they deserved it. I think we showed the same character, the same mentality that we are made of.  We started the game really well against Cape Town City, who are known for their strong possession play, movement in the little pockets of spaces. We restricted them from playing in the middle and allowed them the space out wide because we know that we were confident and solid in defending if they came with crosses and long balls.”

The KwaZulu-Natal outfit go into the break having collected 14 points in their last 10 league fixtures and they are in position eight on the log.