McCarthy happy with quality of AmaZulu squad


AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy cut an unshaken figure ahead of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) January transfer window, stating that he is pleased to have a squad of players ready to fight for a place in his starting 11.

McCarthy believes it is too early to think about going into the transfer market to sign new players as he continues to properly assess his squad.

‘Usuthu’ have a number of top and experienced players at their disposal; Xola Mlambo, Siphiwe Tshabalala,  Luvuyo Memela, Phakamani Mahlambi and Augustine Mulenga, with McCarthy replacing Ayanda Dlamini in the hotseat recently.

The Bafana Bafana legend’s regime at AmaZulu got off to a winning start as the Durban side beat 3-1 Chippa United at Kings Park Stadium in their last game of 2020.

“Obviously in a short space of time you can’t just give an assessment on transfers and I’m not that quick in diving into the transfer market,” said McCarthy.

“I think we have a big squad. If I call myself a coach, I should make these players better instead of looking to buy a finished product. I can make the good players we already have a finished product.

“So I want to work, I’m not in a hurry. I think we have a big, good squad. If it’s necessary to do that when I’m done with my assessment we will discuss with the chairman, but at this point, it doesn’t look like we need to go to the market.”

AmaZulu, who are in eighth place will start the new year with a trip to MTN8 runners-up Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday 10 January, giving the new man in charge, McCarthy some time to prepare his troops.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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