AmaZulu Head Coach Benni McCarthy says he has so much respect and pride for his AmaZulu team, after they beat his former side Cape Town City 5-1 in their DStv Premiership match at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening.
McCarthy was overjoyed to beat his former club, who he says are a fabulous football team, but says on the day, his Usuthu side made them look average.
The victory moves AmaZulu just one point behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, though Sundowns do still have two games in hand.
McCarthy says that this has been such a special period for the club, and it is something he will remember and think back on fondly when he’s an old man.
“A huge respect and a lot of love for my players, to go and do that to one of the best footballing teams in the country, Cape Town City, they are a fabulous team, good footballing team, scores a lot of goals, makes life difficult for so many teams,” McCarthy said after the game.
“And today, we make them look average, so these boy of mine, they don’t know what they are achieving, and they don’t know what they are slowly but surely accomplishing, they on the brink of of making history, for the first team AmaZulu team to go so many games, unbeaten, and so many games just getting stronger and stronger.”
“So I’m super, super, super proud of this team. And I really can’t wait to see what we can achieve together. There’s still six games to go, and I hope that we keep our focus, we maintain humble. Just because we won today doesn’t mean that we have achieved anything yet. We still have six games to go from achieving what we want to, but yoh, today is a moment for celebrations, a moment to reflect, and a moment to be proud. Today I’m proud of each and every player in this team”.
“We played the perfect game. yeah, again, conceded goal, so I’m not sure that Veli will be too happy with conceding a goal, and we gave also a soft penalty away, which we can avoid. But you know what, with all that said, we were excellent, oue work ethic, our work rate, our desire, our hunger to achieve was just incredible. So this team is special.”
“And if one day I ever sit at home when I’m an old man, and I’m sitting on the porch, and I remember, I will always remember this AmaZulu team, how proud I was and what these players achieved individually and what they are achieving as a team. So ja, I’m grateful and I’m happy. And the hard work don’t stop. On Saturday, we go again, against Golden Arrows. So we look forward to that.”
AmaZulu are unbeaten in their last 15 league games.