Benni – It Was A Good Display Of South African Football
AmaZulu Head Coach Benni McCarthy was proud of how his team performed against DStv Premiership log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns in Wednesday’s goalless draw.
The former Bafana Bafana striker was happy to see his team go toe-to-toe with the top team in the country, and give as good as they got.
McCarthy has turned the fortunes around at the Durban club, who are now unbeaten in 13 games.
They are six points behind Sundowns, though did drop to third on goal difference after Golden Arrows snuck ahead again after their victory over SuperSport United.
“Both teams were having a real go at it, and it was a good display of South African football. Pity, there we no goals,” McCarthy said after the match.
“Tactically it was a very perfect game from both teams, as much as I think my team were slightly better and had the upper hand. We also probably had more of the game winning opportunities.”
“I know Sundowns had that one chance with the counter, but other than that they didn’t really cause much of a threat to our goal.”
“Veli had one of the easiest games in a very long time in goals because defensively we very well structured, we were very organized, we did not make silly mistakes.”
“I think we were by far a well-organized team and when we had opportunities to break on the counter and from transition, we did that with quality and speed but unfortunately our end product let us down a little bit.”
“In the end, a fair result for both teams, but for me a more disappointing one because three points is what would take ever so closely to our rivals Sundowns.”
“A draw suited them very well as they still stay six points ahead of us. They would be the happier, but I am super proud of the players, the whole team in general for the tenacity, the hunger and desire that they have.”
“To be so dominant against a Sundowns team where so many people have said when teams play Sundowns they literally park the bus, and I could swear it was a little bit the other way around.”
“In a long time, I had not seen Sphelele Mkhulise, Lebohang Maboe, Rivaldo Coetzee, Lyle Lakay, Thapelo Morena defend as much as they did today because they were on the backfoot from our players. I think the outcome was fair, but I always want more.””