Benni McCarthy has brought a breath of fresh air at AmaZulu while giving the players a winning mentality as well as boosting their self-belief, according to defender Tapelo Xoki.
‘Usuthu’ are sixth on the DStv premiership log standings and have won six games, lost two, and drawn four since McCarthy took over and replaced Ayanda Dlamini.
One of the team’s stalwarts, Xoki, believes coach McCarthy’s burning desire to win is the fuel that drives them to be the best.
“The mood altogether, from the winning mentality,” said Xoki who bagged the Goal of the Month award after supporters voted his strike against Bloemfontein Celtic as the best for the period from January 13-February 24.
“He [McCarthy] has created a winning culture whereby everyone is working hard to be in the team, not to start but to get your name in the team, that on its own it is not a given, it pushes everyone to make sure that they give their all at training,” added Xoki.
“The mood in general, we are a family, it feels that way, everyone supports each other, the ones who are not playing are very supportive of the guys who are playing.”
McCarthy walked away with the Coach of the Month award month for the first in his coaching career. Under the former Bafana Bafana striker, AmaZulu club embarked on a seven-game unbeaten league run after losing to Kaizer Chiefs on January 13.
The KwaZulu-Natal side secured 15 points, scoring 11 goals and keeping three clean sheets in the eight games they played in January and February.
“The support we get from the technical staff, they are always there to encourage us,” declared Xoki.
“And when it is not going well, they don’t hummer but uplift us, it is a team that is full of motivators in different ways.
“That has changed us into believing we can achieve things before we used to just go about hoping things will go our way but now, we believe that we can win, the mentality change has been the biggest difference,” concluded the AmaZulu defender.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi
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