AmaZulu Head Coach Benni McCarthy says their victory over Chippa United on Wednesday was a hard fought win, as their opponents made it very difficult for them.
AmaZulu are now 6th on the DStv Premiership and have moved into touching distance with the teams leading the log.
McCarthy says the Sisa Dukashe Stadium pitch did not help his team, and they almost played into the hands of a Chippa team who are fighting at the other end of the table. Chippa are currently 13th.
“Listen, it was one of those days, you know, it wasn’t the prettiest, Chippa made it really hard for us, difficult for us to to play our usual game, what we accustomed to,” McCarthy said after the game.. Understandably, the situation they find themselves in, hovering their at bottom of the log.”
“So yeah, so you know, these guys they fighting for their life and they fighting for survival into the PSL you know, and, um, yeah, for us, it’s just the constant high so we just tried to, to not make the mistakes that we know playing on a pitch like this would cause us and, and at time we got caught out with not playing the best of football and trying to play the good free flowing football that we do.” And almost overplaying it and the pitch not allowing us to do so.”
“So at times played into the hands of Chippa, but you know, what the character the boys shown know, to change up the tactics the way they playing a completely different game than what we are accustomed to, you know, and making it to be effective.”
“So, you know what, at times you have to just accept football is football, it’s about winning games. And sometimes you don’t have to make it pretty, and today was was definitely that game, the worst footballing game that I was in charge at the football club, you know, where we we didn’t do what we could do, we weren’t allowed to do what we wanted to do, because the pitch was just horrendous.”
“Why it gets approved from the league, it’s beyond me, because when you have in the country, the DStv Premier League is trying to build some something that makes Africa proud, and that, that you have the World Cup Stadium in PE and then you get allowed to come and play matches at this stadium.”
“So yeah, so it was difficult. It’s different, which made it a bit difficult for us. But you know, what? The character, the personalities that the player shows, and we managed to get three points and for me, that’s all that matters. I can’t ask for more from the players.”