Benni McCarthy, the head coach of AmaZulu, has hit back at critics, saying his qualities were doubted when he was relieved of his duties at his previous job at Cape Town City in 2019.
McCarthy has led AmaZulu to qualify for the CAF Champions League for the first time in the club’s history, following the team’s 1-0 win over Swallows FC on Wednesday which secured a second-place finish on the DStv Premiership log this season.
“I’m just extremely excited and happy for the players, you know. I think they deserve it, they have been fantastic throughout the season. Yes, I know people are saying that in the last two games we didn’t get a win and that we were off the pace. But when you have a 16-game unbeaten run, of course somewhere along the way people are going to take you off your pitch and that’s exactly what happened. But a champion is judged on how he gets up and how he moves forward,” said McCarthy, speaking through the club’s media department after the match.
The coach has lashed out at critics who doubted him and those who made fun of club president Sandile Zungu’s statement at the beginning of the season about aiming to transform Usuthu into a top four club in the league.
“And now we can go and see how everything else unfolds and who fights for number three and for number four. There’s other vibe that Champions League football is coming to the KZN region and we are super proud. I’m proud of AmaZulu players, I’m proud of the technical staff the guys that work with me and I’m proud of everyone who is associated with the club. We all deserve this and it’s not just me and the players and the team,” he said, in part.
“But now we want to enjoy the moment, I know there’s one more game to go but we are there. We’ve achieved the unthinkable. When I joined the president said he wanted a top four finish people said he was crazy and when I joined people said I was overrated. I was fired from Cape Town City and that I was going to fail and that I’m not a good coach. So, I wonder now who’s the one laughing last. This is how a failure looks like,” concluded McCarthy.
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