Benni: Chiefs result won't be a factor


AmaZulu FC coach Benni McCarthy says Maritzburg United beating Kaizer Chiefs and his side's losing to Amakhosi this week won't matter in KwaZulu-Natal derby.

Usuthu head to the much-anticipated derby on the back disappointing results against Bloemfontein Celtic and a loss to Chiefs, two sides who the Team of Choice have managed to beat in their last two DStv Premiership encounters.

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However, McCarthy says the Usuthu camp has been positive and motivated by the fact that they dominated two encounters and he is hoping to see same attitude on Sunday.

"Listen I think it's important for us to have that continuity, we played well against Bloemfontein Celtic but didn't get maximum points, then we came up against Kaizer Chiefs where the ball possession we dominated again," McCarthy told the club's media team.

"Chances created all that and then we lacked that sharpness up front. Now we just have to keep the momentum, keep the spirit and positivity, we can't allow them to drop their heads and there's still points to be won.

"I think for both teams the game is equally important. For us we want to pull away from the teams that are below us, and get ourselves closer to a healthy position, and I'm pretty sure Maritzburg United they had two fantastic games, wins against Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs, so the stakes are high, probably the spirit is good too after collecting six points."

The former Bafana Bafana striker expects a very exciting and tight game from two sides that aim to do well in the league this season.

"It a derby and both teams play good football. Them winning against Chiefs and we lost to them doesn't change that on Sunday, it will be two teams that want to do well, fight and whoever takes their chances is going to come out on top. I hope it will be us."