Benni: Arrows will face different Usuthu


AmaZulu FC head coach Benni McCarthy says Lamontville Golden Arrows will face a different Usuthu side in the Nedbank Cup Round of 32 match on Saturday.

McCarthy watched from the stands when Usuthu lost 2-0 to Arrows in the DStv Premiership match at the Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on December 16.

The 43-year-old tactician is pleased to see his charges showing their commitment on the pitch with Usuthu placed seventh on the DStv Premiership standings.

“When I joined the club and watched them against Arrows, I was worried from what I saw,” McCarthy said.

“I didn’t see any commitment from my club like what they are doing now. I didn’t see a lot of qualities that the team is showing now.

“They had a different coach with different tactics, and we don’t know the reasons for the dismal performance against Arrows then.”

AmaZulu are coming into this cup game undefeated in five league games having registered three consecutive victories over Baroka FC, Stellenbosch FC and Bloemfontein Celtic.

“But since then the team has vastly improved, they changed a lot. They are more competitive, and they believe in themselves more,” he continued.

“Arrows are going to be up against a completely different AmaZulu team who fight till the end, and we won’t make it easy for them.

“We know they’ve got a lot of speed. They rely a lot on counterattack[ing] football, so it is something that we will work on before Saturday.”

Arrows will host AmaZulu at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont.

The KwaZulu-Natal Derby clash will kick-off at 17h00 CAT.

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