Benni targets second spot

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AmaZulu will get back to competitive football on Thursday after 16 days of break.

Usuthu last played an official match when they lost 1-0 against Baroka at King Zwelithini Stadium on May 11.

Usuthu coach Benni McCarthy believes the break was a blessing in disguise as he managed to work on some tactics.

But he would have loved to get some action, to gauge his team’s readiness for the last three matches of the season, as they want to maintain their position on the log.

AmaZulu will visit wounded Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium today in a Dstv Premiership clash (17:00).

“It was not by chance that we played the football that we played and we won the matches that we won, we’ve worked exceptionally hard,” said McCarthy.

“The sacrifices that we gave, so come Thursday hopefully the boys have the same desire, the same hunger to wanna win, but we are preparing ourselves nicely, ready for the match.

“We hope it’s a good encounter, that it’s an encounter that will just put our foot further in the stronghold of securing that second place finish (behind champions Mamelodi Sundowns).

“It’s been a fairly long 16 days, since we played Baroka it’s been a bit long but at least it gave us an opportunity to work on some tactics.

“These few extra days that we had you know to prepare, I would have liked to enjoy, if we were able to play one or two friendly games because some of our opponents, especially the opponents that we are playing against, they have played two really tough competitive matches.

“But listen, I’m happy with the attitude, mentality from the boys and preparations have been good.”

“Now we really have to put it into real match come Thursday (against Orlando Pirates), I hope the boys will be fresh, they be ready, they will be hungry because with the next three games, it’s three cup finals for us.”

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By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter

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