McCarthy – We Are Going To Have To Make Some Changes

February 1, 2021

AmaZulu Head Coach Benni McCarthy says he likely to make changes to the team for their DStv Premiership game against Bloemfontein Celtic tomorrow.

AmaZulu beat Stellenbosch last Friday, and McCarthy says that while he gave the players two days off, he doesn’t want to risk any long-term injuries with players who aren’t 100% match fit.

The two teams met last month in Bloemfontein and it ended in a 1-1 draw, but McCarthy is targeting a win in Durban.

“Ja, look it’s been a bit difficult, I had to give the boys some time off after the Stellenbosch game, there were just a lot of heavy legs, when the schedule is so busy, so hectic, you have to try and manage the situation better,” McCarthy said on Monday.

“So I gave the boys two days off and we had our training session today and everyone looks in good spirits, but it is still a bit worrying, with so many games, in so little time, for recovery and you don’t want to lose players with long-term injuries.”

“So it’s a game where we are going to have make some changes from the side that beat Stellenbosch, and the side that played so well and beat Baroka, so we’re looking to make changes and shift things around, and hopefully it won’t cost the team a valuable three points.”

“Because at home I think we’re starting to find our feet and looking good, and we’re looking strong so we want to continue that momentum.”

“For home games you’ve got to make it a bit of a challenge for teams to come here, to the Kings Park Stadium, and take away points from us.”

“We’ve got another opportunity to play this Celtic side, a dangerous side, they’ve got some very good players, they know their movements, they’re a very offensive team, and so are we are, so it will be an open game but hopefully we’ll keep a better discipline and shape.”

Celtic will also have to make at least one change, with Ronald Pfumbidzai suspended for the game.

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