AmaZulu FC coach Benni McCarthy has hinted at giving non regular players a run, in their last match of the season, as they visit Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium today.
With his side already guaranteed a second spot in the Dstv Premiership league table, McCarthy wants reserve and fringe players to show him what they can offer the team.
“Obviously for us every game matters, every game we participate in we hope that the players will bring the best of themselves,” he said.
“But we are clear in second place, guaranteed and nothing can happen. It might also be the perfect opportunity you know, to give some of the fringe players another opportunity to get some game time.
“Last game of the season you know they still also feel that they’ve been very much part of all the hard work.
“They might not have been as fortunate to have been playing, in so many of the games but no it’s a perfect opportunity to give them and also to see some young players.
“There are players coming through from the MDC, they’ve just won the Diski Challenge, so to reward them with a couple of minutes here and there.”
“It’s nice and it’s no way or form of shame and disrespecting the league and the opposition. But for me to just be able to have that opportunity to know where you can make changes,” he continued.
“To also give the guys who’ve played consecutive back-to-back matches a little breather and play some of the other players who have not been as fortunate.
“So I’ll be trying to do that and hoping that we’ll try and put the strongest team possible, that can go and compete.”
The 44-year-old coach is aware of the magnitude of the match and what the prospect holds for the opposition.
“They need to win to safeguard themselves, a win for them would just change everything, dynamics of everything.
“If they don’t get the result they want or need and other teams win, it might complicate the situation.
“So they gonna have to come out and play and make a game for that. I think that’s where it becomes tricky for our opposition, because you are playing a team that has nothing to lose,” he said.
“So when you leave yourself open and exposed, that might cause a challenge. Some of these guys are still playing to be part of the CAF team.
“So it’s a game where the opposition really have to think the strategy once. But listen, it’s a derby, so let’s just hope it’s spectacular for everyone, for the neutrals, for fans and everyone that enjoys beautiful football,” concluded McCarthy.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter