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WATCH: Irate Benni McCarthy blasts AmaZulu players after ’frustrating’ performance against Kaizer Chiefs

Benni McCarthy coach of AmaZulu reacts during their league match against Kaizer Chiefs. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Benni McCarthy coach of AmaZulu reacts during their league match against Kaizer Chiefs. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Published Nov 25, 2021


Durban - Irate AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy blasted the performance of his team following their 1-1 draw against Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium in Nasrec on Wednesday.

Usuthu created more scoring opportunities but a failure to convert their chances led to them claiming one point instead of three. Had they taken their chances better, they would have equalized earlier than late in the second half when substitute Bongi Ntuli cancelled out Keagan Buchanan’s first-half own goal.

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AmaZulu also had a one-man advantage for 25 minutes of the second half after Chiefs’ Cole Alexander was shown his marching orders in the 60th minute before Usuthu’s Samkelo Mgwazela also was sent off later in the game.

“It was very frustrating and there’s not much we could do. This is becoming ridiculous. We respect the spaces very well and we manage the game well but still get absolutely nothing. We don’t look like a team that will create and win the game because we are passive and concede the softest goals which leave us chasing the game,” said McCarthy.

Winning games has clearly been a problem for AmaZulu this season. They have so far won just three out of their 12 league games this term. The draw against Chiefs also means that they have won just one out of their last six games in all competitions and drawn their last two consecutive games.

“We threw three points away against Stellenbosch and now Chiefs. It was our game and we had a man up but still looked like we were nowhere and created nothing. Fortunately, we ended up getting a goal so we will take a point,” said McCarthy.

The AmaZulu boss also indicated that his team will need to rope in new players soon if they want to turn around their fortunes.

“We have to keep working and hopefully the club decides that the team can do with a bit of a reshuffle because we need new faces in the team. At this rate, we will keep having these performances in these kinds of games. We will keep picking up one point and we will become the new Swallows,” added McCarthy.

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AmaZulu’s next match is the Kwa-Zulu Natal derby against Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday afternoon.

The Team of Choice have proven to be a problematic side for Usuthu in recent years and McCathy’s charges will be looking to beat their Provincial neighbours for the first time since a 3-1 win in March 2014.