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Benni Gets Back To The Basics

AmaZulu Head Coach Benni McCarthy says he is happy with the progress the team is making.

AmaZulu are only back in action on the 10th of January, when they host Bloemfontein Celtic, so McCarthy will be happy to have a little bit of extra time to work with the team.

“Obviously, we are on a high after the Chippa win but now we are trying to be positive and build from that game. The two days that we have trained, the commitment from the players has been very spot on,” McCarthy told the AmaZulu website.

“I am very happy with the commitment, happy with the attitude and the willingness to learn. As a coach you can ask for that.”

“It has been a pleasure being back and seeing how the team has changed and how just almost overnight they’ve become a team that wants to play football and enjoy what they do.”

“They buy into what I am pulling out for them, my philosophy and that, so we will see how it goes.”

“With the regulations of Covid-19 it has been a bit stop-start but you know, what I think, the players have been very professional.”

“They have gone about it the right way. So, it is just back to basics.”

McCarthy also commented about the readiness of Bongi Ntuli and Sphe Maduna, who are back in training after recovering from injuries.

“Maduna is probably a little bit ahead of Ntuli right now in terms of fitness levels. He has been good. I am enjoying working with all of them. It is so good and so positive when you have your players in the calibre of Ntuli and Maduna.”

“I am excited to see if come the Bloemfontein Celtic match, Maduna or Ntuli are at the point where I can count on them and have them in the squad. We will see, we will have to monitor them.”

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.