- AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy says he is very thankful after bagging the DStv Premiership Coach of the Season Award
- McCarthy was voted as the Coach of the Season as he competed against the likes of Rhulani Mokwena and Manqoba Mngqithi of Mamelodi Sundowns
- Under McCarthy’s guidance, AmaZulu finished as number two this past season and were unbeaten in 16 matches
AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy has credited his players after claiming the DStv Premiership Coach of the Season award. The Usuthu boss managed to lead the Durban-based club to 16 matches without suffering a defeat and was awarded on Sunday.
The league’s governing body, the Premier Soccer League, hosted the awards ceremony to wrap up the 2020/21 campaign. McCarthy beat the Mamelodi Sundowns duo in the form of Rhulani Mokwena and Manqoba Mngqithi as well as Mandla Ncikazi of Golden Arrows.
McCarthy on fantastic players and staff
McCarthy told the club’s media team:
"I couldn't have done it without my amazing technical team, these guys, their loyalty and work ethic and support that they've given me has made me work to the best of my ability. As a team, we were able to get over the line and make sure we qualify in second position for the CAF Champions League so I'm grateful for these guys.
"But most importantly the players must take all the credit, they've been fantastic since I've walked through the door, they've given me everything of them and more to enjoy a historical season for AmaZulu football club."
The former Bafana Bafana striker was in charge of 25 matches this season in all competitions with a massive record of 16 wins, six draws and six defeats.
Apart from that good run, the KwaZulu-Natal outfit has also qualified for the CAF Champions League as they finished as runners-up to the Brazilians.
McCarthy grateful to his players
"I'm very grateful and thankful for their hard work, determination, sacrifices, the willingness to learn and improve to do better, that's why we were able to succeed and for me to win the Coach of the Season award. I'm truly thankful for everything, the president, the Zungu family for giving me the opportunity, first of all, to be in charge of this football team.
"It was a fantastic season. Next year, we'll be looking forward to a good season and competition in the CAF Champions League, so I hope everyone keeps safe, looks after themselves and I'll see them next season."
AmaZulu's CAF Champions League fate
That is according to the rules of the continental football governing body, the Confederation of African Football. This comes after Amakhosi are still involved in the continental showpiece and should they go on to win it, then Usuthu will not be part of the tournament in the 2021/22 season.
Under coach McCarthy, Usuthu have punched above their weight as they have secured the number two spot in the DStv Premiership, thus booking a place in the premier inter-club competition.
However, their destiny will be determined by the Soweto giants who are set to face Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca on 19 June in the semi-finals.
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