Benni: My baby years are over


AmaZulu head coach Benni McCarthy has accepted President Sandile Zungu's challenge for a top-four finish in the DStv Premiership and vowed to achieve even more.

The former Cape Town City coach was unveiled as AmaZulu’s new coach in Johannesburg on Monday afternoon, replacing Ayanda Dlamini who has returned to the club’s development ranks.

Speaking to the media, McCarthy said his goal was to challenge for more, as long as the team responds well to his ideas and philosophies.

“The chairman [Zungu] wants top four, but my ambitions are far more than the chairman’s. My baby years are over. I have done my baby steps,” McCarthy said.

“I learned how to walk when I coached at Cape Town City. Now I’m ready to race like Usain Bolt. I’m ready for the world championships 100m, with the players that AmaZulu have. I can’t see why I can’t run that race or even aim for top spot.

“I’m not arrogant about it, but I know what I can bring to the table, and I know if the players can give me the co-operation with the quality that they have, I think this club can reach their target far quicker than expected.

“I see so much potential. The signings that the chairman and the club have made show that the intentions are there. They want to compete. They don’t just want to fill the numbers.

“They want to be up there at the top. I think, when I had my opportunity in my first job as a coach, I didn’t do badly, and I think we overachieved very much.

“What this club has in place is just for me to come in, get to know everybody else and try to get all the players on board.”

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