Benni lauds character of gutsy Usuthu

AmaZulu FC head coach Benni McCarthy praised his charges for showing character against Chippa United on Wednesday evening.

Usuthu secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Chilli Boys in the DStv Premiership match which was played in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape with Tapelo Xoki scoring the only goal of the game.

AmaZulu remained sixth on the league standings, but they are level on points with fifth-placed Swallows FC as the battle to remain in the top eight continues.

McCarthy said Chippa, who are placed 13th on the standings, made it very difficult for the KwaZulu-Natal giants as he reflected on the match.

“Listen, it was one of those days, you know, it wasn’t the prettiest, Chippa made it really hard for us, difficult for us to to play our usual game, what we accustomed to,” McCarthy said.

“Understandably, the situation they find themselves in, hovering their at bottom of the log. So yeah, so you know, these guys they fighting for their life and they fighting for survival into the PSL you know, and, um, yeah, for us,

“It’s just the constant high so we just tried to, to not make the mistakes that we know playing on a pitch like this would cause us and, and at time we got caught out with not playing the best of football and trying to play the good free flowing football that we do.” And almost overplaying it and the pitch not allowing us to do so.”

The Bafana Bafana legend, who was recently named DStv Premiership Coach of the Month for January/February 2021, also stated that the pitch on the Sisa Dukashe Stadium did not help his team.

“So at times played into the hands of Chippa, but you know, what the character the boys shown know, to change up the tactics the way they playing a completely different game than what we are accustomed to, you know, and making it to be effective,” he continued.

“So, you know what, at times you have to just accept football is football, it’s about winning games.

“And sometimes you don’t have to make it pretty, and today was was definitely that game, the worst footballing game that I was in charge at the football club, you know, where we we didn’t do what we could do, we weren’t allowed to do what we wanted to do, because the pitch was just horrendous,” he added.

“So yeah, so it was difficult. It’s different, which made it a bit difficult for us. But you know, what? The character, the personalities that the player shows, and we managed to get three points and for me, that’s all that matters. I can’t ask for more from the players.”

AmaZulu’s next match is against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in a league game at the Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on March 21.

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