AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy was all smiles after his side managed to overturn the 1-0 deficit against Nyasa Big Bullets away from home, to win the contest 3-2 on aggregate.
AmaZulu, who had lost the first leg at Moses Mabhida Stadium had to dig deep to go through to the next round.
McCarthy told the media after his side won the second leg 3-1 at Bingu National Stadium that his players lacked maturity and desire in the first leg.
“I’m just happy for the players that they were able to overturn the deficit and they showed great maturity, experience and desire that we lacked at home,” reflected McCarthy.
“The fact that we lost 1-0 at home, we didn’t have the desire but today (Saturday) we showed that, we showed spirit, we showed character and we showed why we finished second in our domestic league.
“We had to outsmart them by playing two big strikers that they can’t handle. Players like Thabo Qalinge, Luvuyo Memela, Siyethemba Sithebe and Tercious Malepe, they started enjoying getting into play,” he continued.
“The strategy, I think we nailed it, so I think this result was expected but I didn’t think we would make it so difficult and complicate it for ourselves by not winning at home,” McCarthy said.
“If I can be honest I think myself and whole of South Africa was shocked that we lost at home. But I have to say we never underestimated them, we knew that they have got a good team.”
AmaZulu will now play against DRC side TP Mazembe in the next round of the CAF Champions League in October.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter