Winless Benni sets ambitious AmaZulu target

Premiership

AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy has set an ambitious target for his Ususthu side who failed again to record a victory for a fourth consecutive league match.

Last season's DStv Premiership runners-up have endured a difficult start to the 2021/22 season after recording three draws and a defeat in their opening four matches of the league campaign.

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After playing out a 2-2 draw away to rivals Golden Arrows on Wednesday, AmaZulu sit just one place above the relegation playoff zone on three points, with only TS Galaxy and Marumo Gallants suffering a worse start to the season.

The KwaZulu-Natal-based outfit was expected to challenge the likes of Mamelodi Sundowns for the title this season, and may still do so as the season progresses, but McCarthy has set his immediate focus on getting back into the top half of the table.

"We’ve got three points now on the log and we’re still hovering at the bottom of the table," the former Bafana Bafana striker said.

"But if we get a win against the next opponent on Saturday then we jump to six points and to the top half of the table and I think that’s where we belong

"That’s where we want to be and where we are planning to get to. It’s been a tough start, we’ve had all the tough teams, in the beginning, stages of the league, so it’s not easy.

"You have to be able to compete and you can’t gamble and you can’t rotate and take risks, such as playing players who still have to adapt and settle into the way we play, so you go with what you know

"We go with what’s worked for us already and integrate the new boys slowly, but every player who has played so far has done really well."

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