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Tension grows in AmaZulu dressing room as Benni and players are at crossroads

Relations between Benni McCarthy and his AmaZulu FC players have deteriorated to the point where a public spat is inevitable, a Phakaaathi source has said.

Things appear to have gotten worse in recent weeks, as McCarthy is plainly unhappy at the club, as evidenced by his attitude.

"People attend training as if it were a Monday morning office job. The vibe that was once present is vanished. Everyone wants to conduct their business discreetly and expeditiously in order to get out of there and go home.

"That is why results have been slow to arrive, particularly in the DStv Premiership. The players in the Champions League are competing for themselves, to establish a name at the European level, and it has nothing to do with coaches or anyone else," a source explained.

McCarthy's relationship with the club's administration has also degenerated to the point where they are now maintaining a professional distance and communicating only when necessary.

"This is why you see them so infrequently at games these days. The Zungus would come onto the pitch and celebrate with the players if we won or comfort them if we lost... However, they no longer do so," the insider stated.

According to another source, Sandile Zungu's final stroke came when he spoke out against Siyethemba Sithebe ever playing for his team after signing a pre-contract with Kaizer Chiefs, only to have McCarthy contradict him.

"This exacerbated tensions since Zungu interpreted it to mean that Benni would not follow his directions and would do things his own way," the insider explained.


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