Benni McCarthy has sent a strong message to Lamontville Golden Arrows ahead of the KwaZulu-Natal Nedbank Cup derby.
The 43-year-old mentor insists Arrows will face a different AmaZulu team, who fight till the end.
Usuthu will take on Abafana Bes’thende away from home in the Nedbank Cup Round of 32 match on Saturday at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
“When I joined the club and watched them against Arrows, I was worried from what I saw,” McCarthy told the AmaZulu’s official site.
“I didn’t see any commitment from my club like what they are doing now. I didn’t see a lot of qualities that the team is showing now.
“They had a different coach with different tactics, and we don’t know the reasons for the dismal performance against Arrows then.”
AmaZulu are in high spirits coming into this encounter with a fine unbeaten run in their last five league games.
However, one cannot right off the in-form Mandla Ncikazi’s side as they came from a goal down to win 2-1 in a DStv Premiership KwaZulu-Natal derby against Maritzburg United over the weekend.
“But since then the team has vastly improved, they changed a lot. They are more competitive, and they believe in themselves more,” he adds.
“Arrows are going to be up against a completely different AmaZulu team who fight till the end, and we won’t make it easy for them.
“We know they’ve got a lot of speed. They rely a lot on counterattack[ing] football, so it is something that we will work on before Saturday.”
The game will start at 17:00 in the evening.
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