Benni McCarthy desperate to put AmaZulu's shock defeat to struggling Leopards behind him

01 March 2021 - 13:14 By sazi hadebe
Benni McCarthy wants to forget the weekend defeat to Black Leopards and focus on the home league match against SuperSport United at Kings Park Stadium in Durban on Tuesday.
Benni McCarthy wants to forget the weekend defeat to Black Leopards and focus on the home league match against SuperSport United at Kings Park Stadium in Durban on Tuesday.
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Benni McCarthy desperately wants AmaZulu to quickly recover from their shock Nedbank Cup defeat to struggling Black Leopards in Thohoyandou at the weekend and focus on the home league match against SuperSport United at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban on Tuesday.

AmaZulu are still reeling after a lone strike from Mohammed Anas ended their eight-game winning run in all competitions and ensured passage to the last eight of the competition.

“Too bad about the result but we can’t be sad for too long because now we need to switch our attention to the league and focus on the next match (against SuperSport)‚” the former Bafana Bafana striker said after Saturday’s game.

“Ja‚ it wasn’t to be‚ we’ll soldier on‚ we’ll take the good from this match and the only thing that happened is that now I’ve got a sense of where certain players are fitness-wise‚ physically and mentally.

“Now I know when I need to call them and what kind of performance we’re going to get from them.”

McCarthy made eight changes to his regular starting line-up and those changes showed as Leopards quickly gained control of the proceedings before finding the back of the net in the 52nd minute‚ with Anas scoring his third goal in two matches for Lidoda Duvha.

“It was a great opportunity to play a very good team in Black Leopards who are fighting at the bottom of the log in the league‚” McCarthy said of the Limpopo team.

“They got a good result against (Lamontville Golden) Arrows and they were looking to continue with that form‚ and obviously for us we didn’t take the Nedbank Cup lightly. We wanted to win and we put up a really‚ really strong team which we thought could go and cause a major upset.

“I think the result proves that if we had taken our opportunities in the first half‚ it could have been a different outcome.”

McCarthy accepted that some of his charges were way off the pace and not sharp enough to finish some of the few chances they managed to create.

“But ja‚ unfortunately a lot of the players on the pitch weren’t 100% sharp because that happens when you’ve not played for a few games in row. That’s why we dropped and missed a few opportunities‚ which I felt if they fell on players who were sharper‚ players that play week in and week out‚ it would have been a completely different story.”


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