The resilience of the team is amazing: McCarthy


AmaZulu Head Coach, Benni McCarthy pulled out his hymn sheet, of late as he hipped praise on his troops after a 1-0 away win against Stellenbosch FC on Friday to go 2nd in the DStv Premiership log standings.

The hardrunning Stelies made life difficult for the 43 year old tactician and his men, but their resilience saw them through as they completed a six match winning streak.

Speaking during his post match interview McCarthy said: “I think our travels to Thohoyandou in three days back in Durban, and then travelling to Cape Town didn’t help our recovery process, and you could see.”

“In the first half we were decent. We were okay. I thought we had opportunities where we could’ve gotten one or two in there but we didn’t.”

“Then in the second half Stellenbosch came out where they really made a game of it. I really think if they had taken the opportunities they could have probably walked away with the three points because they had glorious chances to score but lady luck was on our side,”

“Now we go six games, and a six clean sheet for Velile (Mothwa)(. That is amazing. The resilience of the team is amazing, because we never gave up. We knew it wasn’t our best moment in the second half because Stellenbosch were making it really difficult for us,” said the former Cape Town City Coach.

Thabo Qalinge’s 92nd minute winner

“We made the positive changes and I am very pleased with Section-10. He looked lively, he looks like the player who can give us the extra edge. That is exactly what he showed today, composure with the opportunity to score the winning goal for us today and give us all three points,” said McCarthy.

Happy for the Zulu Nation

“I can only be proud of the players for their effort, for their hard work, for their dedication. I am a very proud coach, even though it wasn’t our best game, but sometimes you don’t have to play the best football to win matches, and three points is important.”

“Now we go to 40 points. I’m happy for the Zulu Nation, because, to find AmaZulu at second place on the log with eight games to go is remarkable. It is something that is unfamiliar with AmaZulu, so I hope they are proud of this team and what this team is doing for KwaZulu Natal,” the coach concluded.

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