Benni Predicts Many More Awards For Mothwa
DStv Premiership Coach of the Month Benni McCarthy says many more awards will follow for AmaZulu goalkeeper Veli Mothwa after he was named Player of the Month.
The former Baroka and Chippa United shot-stopper, who joined Usuthu just a few months ago, was rewarded for his six clean sheets during the March/April block, as AmaZulu went unbeaten in eight games, winning seven.
When asked by iDiski Times about his goalkeeper’s achievement, McCarthy, who had picked up his second consecutive coach of the month award, says Mothwa has been the epitome of the hard working type of players the former Bafana Bafana striker yearns to work with, and credits the whole goalkeeping department led by Coach Moeneeb Josephs for the work they’re doing.
“I’m super proud,” McCarthy said about Mothwa.
“I’m super proud, I’m a super proud coach. I always love players that wants to work hard, that comes to training, that comes to work wanting to improve, and (Veli) is the best example of a gentleman who wanted to be better.
“He took on board from the first minute I became coach and the first conversation that we had, he was tuned into with what he wanted to achieve for himself, what he wanted to achieve with the team, and he is slowly but surely getting there.
“I know it’s still a long road to go but with this mentality and this mindset and the work ethic that he’s shown, this is the first of many for him to come. I think a better player couldn’t have been selected by anyone, that showcased in the league this month.
“Not just this month for me since I joined the club from December onwards he’s been you know, he’s been the benchmark for what players need to be like, to be professional and how do you need to elevate your game, so this award couldn’t have come at a better time, to make him understand that sometimes all your hard work never goes unnoticed and now that you’ve got the award and now it must make him want to continue and strive for more and strive for better because he’s been remarkable since I’ve been here.
“I just hope this is the first of many for him and he’s gonna reach his full potential to get where he should get, so I’m a very proud coach for Veli for getting the word out, but also credit must go to to Neil Boschoff, to Olwethu, for pushing him in training every day, for coach Moeneeb.
“When they work together and you see… sometimes I stop training because I want to watch these guys work and see what they get up to, and now I understand why they’ve won this award, because how they’re working is a work of art that you see in training when you watch the goalkeepers.
“They’re all nuts by the way, but you know they work exceptionally hard and he deserves it more than ever so. I’m pleased and happy for him and all his goalkeeper colleagues, teammates that he has and his goalkeeper coach.”