McCarthy: We can be like Pirates


AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy has revealed plans to transform the team to play like the Orlando Pirates team that won the double treble when he was still there.

Ever since McCarthy took over at Usuthu they have been playing exciting football with a good home record, losing only one home game on his watch.

Against Stellenbosch on Friday they were not at their best despite getting maximum points in a 2-1 win, and the coach gave an assessment on that.

"We were not ourselves, we didn't play the football that we usually play. I think all the games have been coming consecutively in a short space of time and finally caught up with us," McCarthy explained.

"We were a little lethargic and I'm even lethargic as I'm saying that, the games have been coming thick and fast so yeah we were a bit out of our comfort zone.

"But credit to Stellies, they played their game at a fast pace, they punished us, but our resilience paid off."

McCarthy, with his experience of playing at Pirates where he won the treble and helped make Orlando Stadium a fortress, believes Usuthu have what it takes to make it hard for any away team.

"I can see the desire to get to that level. We are far from that yet, we are far from that, it's a work-in-progress," he said.

"Like I said, the team you talk about there [Pirates] were some crazy characters, we were united, a lot of time was spent together for us to have built that sort of relationship, when we knew that was a fortress.

"That teams would come and celebrate like they won the league when they got a draw against us at Orlando Stadium, and that's what we are trying to work towards building at AmaZulu."

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The former Bafana Bafana striker admits that having some of his players not settled because of the transfer window has meant it will take more time for Usuthu to be consistent.

"It's not easy because obviously with the transfer window now and players are unsettled and players are not sure who is leaving and who is going to go, if the coach is happy with me... so there's a lot of things that are sort of like breaking the mould a little for us to achieve that," he added.

"But we are on a good path and good road to achieve that, but it's going to take a lot more you know for us to really get there to make our home ground advantage count massively and make this ground a fortress where teams won't want to play AmaZulu at home.

"We are a team that can do anything, we can also grind results, so it will take some time but that is our ultimate goal, that we make our home a fortress."


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