Coach Benni McCarthy broke his silence in an interview with SABC Sport over two months after leaving AmaZulu. Usuthu fired Bafana Bafana's all-time leading scorer after a string of poor results, but McCarthy believes he overachieved by finishing second in the DStv Premiership in his debut season.
"The fact that we finished second is a marvel, an absolute miracle, given how we lived as a football club, with no facilities and training with the rugby."
"You get kicked off when there are rugby games, it was so unstable, it was so...
Honestly, because you're professionals and you attempt to instill drama in players no matter what the circumstances are, we've come from worse, and we know we have to.
"Be grateful we have a roof over our heads, we have a place to change, we have a field whether it's uneven, bumpy, rock hard, whatever, it's a field some players in the world don't get to make it to this level because they don't have none of the stuff that we are being presented with," the former Usuthu coach said on the subject.
McCarthy claims to have created a culture in which no one complains. Following his departure, Usuthu hired Brandon Truter on an interim basis until the season's end. It won't be simple, according to his predecessor.
"Then best of luck to them; I wish them nothing but the greatest of luck in the world, my buddy."Because you need crocodile skin and a strong stomach to survive, compete, and qualify for the Champions League with the facilities that Amazulu provides.
"Of course it caught up with us because suddenly we weren't just fighting for the Nedbank Cup or the PSL; now we were intent on participating in the CAF Champions League, you understand?"
As a result, it's considerably more difficult, and you'll need more. The club needed assistance, but there wasn't enough of it, and there weren't enough experienced individuals in the club to know how CAF should prepare for all of this.
I'm not going to go into details because I don't want people to think "ah, he's bitter now," as my McCarthy put it.
McCarthy also claims that there were financial constraints at the time.During his term, he was known as AmaZulu. "Its owners have excellent intentions, they're lovely people, extremely respectable people, and they mean well, but I believe they didn't do their homework on what it takes to run a football club."
Yeah, it's like buying a football club and not thinking how much it'll cost to maintain it, you know....to make all the trip arrangements. McCarthy continued, "I had to try and budget, and I even banned the squad from camping so that we could save money."
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