Baroka’s 1-0 victory over AmaZulu at King Zwelithini Stadium this week left coach Benni McCarthy lamenting the fact that Usuthu didn’t play at their usual home stadium.
McCarthy’s charges were on a 16-match unbeaten run going to the Bakgaga encounter, which put them on position two on the Dstv Premiership log.
McCarthy couldn’t not hide his dismay as he witnessed his team going down to a side in the bottom half of the log.
The Cape Town-born coach told FARPost that changing their home ground from Johnson Kings Park Stadium to King Zwelithini Stadium because of some renovations at the original venue, played a role in his team’s defeat.
“Moving the game from Kings Park affected the players, because obviously this used to be the club’s home ground,” he explained.
“But this season we’ve played every single game at Kings Park and we became quite accustomed to the stadium, to the pitch and we were very familiar with everything.
“We’ve got some brilliant results and now you get your home game moved to another stadium, where you have not played this season. It gives the opposition an opportunity and opening to get in,” explained McCarthy.
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By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter