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Benni Admits Mistake In MTN8 Exit

Benni McCarthy has commented on his side’s MTN8 cup exit after losing 2-1 to Cape Town City, admitting a mistake that lead to his side’s defeat.

AmaZulu lost thanks to a late winner by Cape Town City, missing out on their chance to qualify for the semi-finals of the competition.

Instead, McCarthy’s former side qualified and the Usuthu coach tried to explain were his side ended up short on the night.

“Not the result that we want, definitely not what we expected. But overall listen, with what I had to deal with, I’m pretty please with some of the performances of the new guys and overall how the team played,” he said.

“We started a bit slow, not like our usual selves like we did last season, but like I said it’s a new season and some of the players have to get used to the way we play. 

“The first Cape Town City goal was a well-taken goal from the left-back but it was pretty much given to them by us. No one was putting pressure on and he almost ran from the half-way line through and then he just slots it in.

“Early in the game to settle their nerves and we having to chase the game. We looked comfortable from then on but you come in half-time after creating at least three or four opportunities to score and go with a draw into the break.

“Second half, we just continued the same way, Majoro missing a fantastic opportunity and then two minutes later he scores a fantastic equaliser and you think ‘ok, now we’re on the up, we can go get that second one and that third one that we might just need to settle our nerves and take the game away from City.’

“But Eric Tinkler the way he sets the team up defensively, stopped us from getting that second goal and they played their counter-attacks very well. 

“We wanted to avoid extra-time because we know we’ve played the Premier Cup, which I think was quite hectic on the guys and we didn’t have the best week building up to this game. Missing 10 plus players for today’s match.

“So we wanted to avoid extra-time and penalties, so we made the changes we did. Some forced changes, Mulenga and Buchanan due to injury, it left us a little bit vulnerable in midfield. Chasing the game, you always find yourselves open to the opposition.

“One mistake from us and they managed to score with three minutes from injury time and it was basically lights out for us.”

McCarthy also admitted in his tv interview with SuperSport that going for it after they equalised was probably a mistake.

“We wanted to finish in the 90 minutes, which maybe was a little bit naive as well. We could’ve just gone into extra-time but yeah we went for it,” he explained.