AmaZulu chairman Sandile Zungu might have reiterated his desire for a top-four finish this season but new coach Benni McCarthy wants to take the club to the next level by winning trophies.
McCarthy was appointed ‘Usuthu’ coach on Monday afternoon, a week after former head coach Ayanda Dlamini resigned from the post. Dlamini has since been redeployed into the club’s youth ranks.
The Bafana Bafana legend and former Cape Town City coach is confident in his ability to lead ‘Usuthu’ in the 2020/21 season and believes the club can challenge for the top spot with the squad they have assembled.
‘Usuthu’ managed to secure the services of a number of big names in South African football, including Xola Mlambo, Luvuyo Memela, Siphelele Mthembu, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Augustine Mulenga.
“The chairman wants the top four, but my ambitions are far more than the chairman’s. My baby years are over. I have done my baby steps,” said McCarthy.
“I learned how to walk when I coached at Cape Town City. Now I’m ready to race like Usain Bolt. I’m ready for the world champions 100m with the players that AmaZulu have. I can’t see why I can’t run that race or even aim for a top spot.
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“I’m not arrogant about it, but I know what I can bring to the table, and I know if the players can give me the co-operation with the quality that they have, what I think we can achieve. I think this club can reach their target far quicker than expected.”
The 43-year-old makes a return to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) after being shown the door by the ‘Citizens’ back in November 2019 – the club where he won his maiden trophy as a head coach, the MTN8 title two years ago.
“I see so much potential. The signings that the chairman and the club have made show that the intentions are there,” added McCarthy.
“They want to compete. They don’t just want to fill the numbers. They want to be up there at the top. I think when I had my opportunity in my first job as a coach, I didn’t do badly, and I think we overachieved very much.
“What this club has in place is just for me to come in to get to know everybody else and try to get all the players on board. When I spoke to the chairman, he ticked all the boxes that I needed. For me, I think the super important success of the club comes with the groundwork,” concluded the former lethal striker.
‘Usuthu’ will meet Golden Arrows in the KwaZulu-Natal derby at Kings Park Stadium on Wednesday afternoon (17:30).
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