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Benni – Being Humble, Being Respectful, Is What I Do Best

AmaZulu Head Coach Benni McCarthy has dismissed the notion that his players may get ahead of themselves and think they’ve arrived, following the club’s run of good form.

McCarthy has turned Usuthu’s fortune around, and is currently on a 13 match unbeaten streak, that has helped the Durban club move to within six points of DStv Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

After playing to a goalless draw against Sundowns on Wednesday, McCarthy says his players will remain grounded and respectful, as those are key characteristics that the coach instils in his teams.

The former Porto and Blackburn Rovers strikers, who won the UEFA Champions League with the former, says he was always that way as a player, and it is something he expects from the players he coaches.

“My team has as a coach who has been in some of the most competitive dressing rooms in world football, who’s been there,” McCarthy told the media.

“So, being humble, being respectful, is what I do best, and that’s why I was able to achieve what I have.”

“Now that I’m a coach. I’m trying to live by the same code. So you will never have a single player playing for me and not be humble and not be respectful and not think that you take life for granted. Then you’re not a Benni McCarthy or an AmaZulu player if that wouldn’t be your mentality.”

“So I don’t need to do anything to keep my players grounded and think that they’ve arrived. They know what’s demanded and what’s expected from them every single day.”

“So you don’t need to worry about my players thinking that they’ve arrived because they know they far from arriving, and we working towards being at the top of the mountain and wanting to stay there.”