Jabu Mahlangu believes that big things could be on the horizon for AmaZulu under Benni McCarthy, but says it won’t happen overnight.
Mahlangu told iDiski Times that he is excited to see what his former Ama-glug-glug teammate is doing at Usuthu, and he is also happy to see anther former national team-mate Siyabonga Nomvethe assisting McCarthy.
Mahlangu is also excited about the ambitions of AmaZulu owner Sandile Zungu, and feels that the sleeping giant is not far from being awake.
But the former Kaizer Chiefs star says success won’t happen overnight as they are still a work-in-progress, but he feels AmaZulu could achieve big things in coming seasons.
“AmaZulu – new coach Benni McCarthy – new assistant coach Siyabonga Nomvethe – of course the players are very motivated, there’s always a motivation when a new coach joins the team because even the players that were not getting game time, you know with their previous coach, they will always have that motivation and the new energy to prove to the new coach,” Mahlangu told iDiski Times.
“So far, I don’t want to say too much about AmaZulu, they won a few games, they lost a game or two, they drew a few games, and they are still a work-in-progress, but things are looking good for Benni McCarthy.”
“And I’m happy that Siyabonga Nomvethe, also with his experience, they’ve played in Europe, Siyabonga played in Italy, Benni we know he’s the only player that won the UEFA Champions League in South Africa, and he is the top goalscorer at Bafana Bafana.”
“So these are the guys that will definitely inspire AmaZulu to make sure that they win. And also with the new leadership at AmaZulu, the young CEO, he’s very ambitious.”
“It’s a very ambitious team. You know, you saw that with the players that they’ve signed, Memela and Mulenga, and they’ve also got guys like Majoro, they’ve actually got so many great players at their disposal and on their day they can they beat any team.”
“It’s just a matter of them understanding what Coach Benni McCarthy wants them to do. And ja, it’s still his first season at AmaZulu, we must not put unnecessary pressure on Benni McCarthy, but at the moment he’s doing well.
“Of course, he will want to win more games. And he will want to perform at the highest level each and every week. And and yeah, it’s a work-in-progress, but with the quality of the players that they have, I see them achieving something.”
“Maybe not this season, but next season, and other seasons that are coming, with the players that they’ve got, and will get, and the ambition of the chairman of the club.”