Mngqithi Praises McCarthy For AmaZulu Progress
Mamelodi Sundowns Co-Head Coach Manqoba Mngqithi was full of praise for Benni McCarthy and his AmaZulu team after the two sides drew 0-0 in Wednesday’s DStv Premiership fixture.
The result meant Sundowns remain six points ahead of AmaZulu (and Golden Arrows who joined Usuthu on 41 points after their victory over SuperSport United).
The former Golden Arrows coach says that credit must go to McCarthy and his team for turning things around at the Durban club, and he is very happy to see how Kwazulu-Natal teams are fairing this season.
“Both teams were willing to play a passing game without always looking for the space behind, which is something we don’t get often in the league, Mngqithi said after the game.
“Most teams that we play against are forever looking for a counter attacik, sitting back and never really showing what they’ve got.”
“And coming to Benni, I know the quality of the coach and I wish him all the best in football because I believe he is very passionate and with that kind of passion, you can always expect that a team coached by a person that is given it all, has a chance, and you can see how much of an improvement he has made in this AmaZulu team in a short space of time, and credit should be given to him and the team because the team also works very hard.”
“Their counter pressing is very, very powerful and their high press, they’ve got some credible goals because of their high press. Even today they nearly punished us from a high press, Sithebe plays a very big role in helping them in thata space.”
“And for whatever reason Sithebe also gives them a position that is very much close between a ten and an eight, more like a free role player, but good thing about him is he works very hard defensively. Normally players with that talent, they don’t work as hard as he does. And that is one thing that was also encouraging to me.”
“But I believe Benni is getting this team right. And the people of this province should be happy that they’re having AmaZulu competing the way they do, they having Golden Arrows competing the way they do. And Maritzburg has come back stronger with Ernst, and hopefully the province will never be threatened by relegation this season, and we look forward to seeing more teams from the province, maybe getting into the top eight.”