AmaZulu FC coach Benni McCarthy was happy with his team’s performance against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Dstv Premiership clash at Johnson Kings Park Stadium on Wednesday.
The two sides settled for a goalless stalemate to the disappointment of McCarthy who was gunning for maximum points to close the gap between them and Sundowns.
Talking to the media after the match, the former Bafana Bafana striker said that it was Sundowns who defended with everything they had, something that they are not accustomed to.
“Defensively we were very structured, very organized and we didn’t make silly mistakes. I think we were by far a very organized team, we also had opportunities to break on counter attack with good quality and speed unfortunately the end product let us down,” McCarthy stated.
“So in the end a fair result for both teams but a disappointing one for me. I think three points would take us close to Sundowns who are our rivals and a draw suited them well.
“To be so dominant against a Sundowns team where so many people have said teams park the bus against them. I could swear it was a little bit the other way around, I haven’t seen Sphelele Mkhulise, Lebo Maboe, Lyle Lakay, Thapelo Morena and Rivaldo Cootzee defend as much as they did today (yesterday) because they were on the backfoot from our players,” said McCarthy.
The former Cape Town City coach emphasized that his team can learn from him, on how to be grounded and keep their heads down during these stages of the season, where they find themselves challenging for the league title.
“I think we’ve shown the capacity we are able to work under and what we can achieve, with the mindset and mentality that we have. So my players know for one that we don’t get to take anything for granted.
“Whatever we’ve worked for we’ve earned and we’d like to keep it that way, we wanna continue working, so we don’t take anything for granted and my players are very grounded,” added McCarthy.
Sundowns are top of the standings with 47 points, a six-point lead over second-placed Golden Arrows, while AmaZulu are third with the same number of points as Arrows (41).
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter