AmaZulu Head Coach Benni McCarthy has praised Augustine Mulenga for his goal that saw Usuthu come back from a goal down to force a 1-1 draw against Bloemfontein Celtic.
McCarthy admits that after Celtic scored he feared the worst, as his team had earlier dominated proceedings but not taken their chances.
But the former Cape Town City coach was delighted with his team’s persistence, and in the end he feels the draw was a decent result.
“This is football, if we do not take our chances, if we do not finish the opposition off it is a problem,” McCarthy said after the game.
“Then they got their goal from a set-piece, a free-kick, a nothing free-kick really and they go 1-0 up, they become a defensive team.”
“We stuck to our game plan. We tried to break them down as we did when we were creating all the chances, so it was inevitable that was it was going to finish 1-0 and the game was coming to Celtic taking all the points.”
“I must give boys credit, the resilience, the persistence, and the way they worked was amazing. To score a goal after the quality that Mulenga did there, the individual brilliance and then we went 1-1 and still thought we could win it.”
“It is two games for me, 4 points, it is not a bad start. Now we turn our focus onto the midweek game against Kaizer Chiefs at home, but we take so many positives from this. We will try and do the same but the chances we create, we must put in the back of the net.”