Benni McCarthy gives Usuthu update post 2020 fortunes


While South Africans soberly counted their blessings after what was a trying year on all fronts, AmaZulu’s 43-year-old tactician marked the third day of the new year as another step towards imparting his style of play on the squad.

The former Cape Town City coach and former darling of Bafana Bafana was introduced as Usuthu’s new head coach on the 14th of December and started his reign with a 3-1 win over Chippa United six days later.

The dawn of the new era indeed began positively and AmaZulu entered 2021 in eighth spot on the DStv Premiership standings.

“Obviously, we are on a high after the Chippa (United) win but now we are trying to be positive and build from that game. The two days that we have trained (before New Year’s Day), the commitment from the players has been very spot on,” said Benni McCarthy.

“I am very happy with the commitment, happy with the attitude and the willingness to learn. As a coach you can ask for that.

“It has been a pleasure being back and seeing how the team has changed and how just almost overnight they’ve become a team that wants to play football and enjoy what they do.

“They buy into what I am pulling out for them, my philosophy and that, so we will see how it goes,” McCarthy added.

The quick return to training was well received under the new normal as McCarthy prepares his team for a tricky trip away to Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium on the 10th of January.

“With the regulations of Covid-19 it has been a bit stop-start but you know, what I think, the players have been very professional.

“They have gone about it the right way. So, it is just back to basics,” McCarthy concluded.

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