- AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy is happy they have secured the second spot in the league but has attacked his critics who overlooked him
- McCarthy was speaking after leading AmaZulu to a 1-0 win over Swallows FC in the DStv Premiership on Wednesday afternoon
- The former Bafana Bafana striker, McCarthy, has argued that there are some people who lashed out at him, that he is just overrated as a coach
- As they are guaranteed to finish as number two in the league this season, McCarthy and AmaZulu will join Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League next season
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AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy has expressed delight in the fact they have managed to secure the second-place finish in the DStv Premiership.
Usuthu beat Swallows FC in their penultimate encounter on Wednesday and will now join Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League next season.
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Should they win their final match of the 2020/21 season against Maritzburg United on Saturday, the Durban-based club could amass a massive 56 points and Benni will be looking to lead the club to 17 league matches without defeat.
The all-time Bafana Bafana top goalscorer said they have achieved the unthinkable but also lashed out at his critics. McCarthy said, as quoted by Phakaaathi:
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“We have achieved the unthinkable. When I joined, and the president (Sandile Zungu) said we would finish in the top four, people said he was crazy. When I joined, people said I was overrated, I was fired by Cape Town City and I would fail. Who is laughing now?’
“In the last two games we were…off the pace, but we had a 16 game unbeaten run, somewhere people are going to make it difficult for you. A champion is judged on how he gets up and moves forward.
“We came up against one of the toughest teams in the league, that had 19 draws and only one defeat. We played them off the park and could have added more, but we take 1-0, it gives us the three points we needed. Champions League football is coming to KZN and I am super proud of the AmaZulu players, technical staff and everyone associated with the club.”
McCarthy has restored pride in Durban
“Wow... The power of words, I remember the chairman said his team shall be top four nothing less and we thought he was crazy.”
“Well done guys, credit to the team as a whole as well as the management you have delivered an incredible job ever! Please continue from where you left off next season.”
“This is the team I have supported since 1972 and never ran away, today it makes me smile. Zungu's vision must be applauded and supported.”
“Congratulations for officially becoming 2020/21 runners-up, AmaZulu.”
“Hopefully even next season you'll retain your place, you deserve it more.”
“Congratulations, this is history for the province of KZN.”
Orlando Pirates coach also hit back at critics
Briefly News previously reported that ahead of their DStv Premiership clash against Baroka on Wednesday, Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer had sent a strong message to his critics.
The Buccaneers went to the clash still licking their wounds from the defeat against TS Galaxy last Sunday.
Zinnbauer said he understands the fact that the supporters are upset after losing some of their games but a section of the fans are giving him and the team positive messages.
The German manager was speaking to the media just before they faced Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele as they were looking to finish the season as number two on the log table. Zinnbauer addressed the media:
“You have always some supporters that are upset after games you lost, that is totally normal and I can understand the supporters. But we have the other side of supporters that give you positives – don't forget, we won a title in this season, we go to the [Confederation Cup] quarter-final.”