McCarthy not panicking after two defeats


AmaZulu FC coach Benni McCarthy has yet to push panic buttons though his team has lost two crucial matches.

Usuthu were booted out of the MTN8 quarter-finals 2-1 by Cape Town City, two weeks ago.

Then they lost their opening match of the season 1-0 against defending Dstv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns last Friday.

The reigning Dstv Premiership coach of the season is calm and focused on his team despite two consecutive defeats.

“Disappointing on our side, because definitely not the results we wanted, you know it’s a tough one.”

“But at the end of the day we were up against the champions (Mamelodi Sundowns) people might excuse for being a little bit nervous.”

“You might forgive the guys for that, because pre-season is all about fitness and you don’t really work much on finishing.”

“So in the later stages as the season progresses, these are the kind of games when you get the opportunities that we’ve created, you are expecting the boys to be putting them away.”

“They’ve really gone out there and performed to the best that we can, we didn’t start as sharp as we wanted to, it was good but not as good.”

“I can forgive the team for not being as sharp as would be usually, but I think in general, I can’t have much of a complaint about the attitude, the mentality, the mindset and the desire from my team,” alluded McCarthy.

Usuthu will have another opportunity to rectify their mistakes when they face high-flying Swallows FC at Kings Park Stadium on Wednesday in the second round of the Dstv Premiership.

By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter