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Benni McCarthy sets sights on TP Mazembe

While everyone's attention is on the FIFA World Cup qualifiers were South Africa is having a great time, Benni McCarthy has his sights set somewhere else. 

The high riding AmaZulu mentor has his sights set on TP Mazembe in the CAF Champions League. 


AmaZulu beat Malawi's Nyasa Big Bullets to fit the bill for the following period of the opposition. 


In the second leg against Bullets in Lilongwe, McCarthy's group scored their first objectives this season, striker Bongi Ntuli netting two and Siphelele Mthembu contributing with a strike in a 3-1 triumph that saw the Durban club go to the first cycle 3-2 on total. 


In three association matches after the Bullets triumph Usuthu scored four association objectives against Lamontville Golden Arrows (2-2), Baroka (1-0 win) and Kaizer Chiefs (1-1). 


"We're gradually discovering real confidence," said McCarthy of his group's scoring. We know what we need to do (against Mazembe) and we know it won't be simple. Be that as it may, we realize we can amaze individuals." 


In Mazembe, the five-time victors of the Champions League, McCarthy concurred he will require fastidious arranging. 


Mazembe's 74-match unbeaten altercation Lubumbashi was just finished by Mamelodi Sundowns, who beat them 2-1 in the gathering phases of the Champions League last season, with left-back Lyle Lakay scoring a flawless free kick to win it. 


McCarthy has had contact with Sundowns' specialized group with the view to observing to be the way best to move toward a side which has been a normal element in a rivalry they're playing in interestingly. 


"We've addressed the folks at Sundowns … investigator folks, and we have all the data on Mazembe on the grounds that Sundowns was the last SA group to have played Mazembe," said McCarthy, a Uefa Champions League victor with Porto in 2004. 


"We regard Mazembe for what they've accomplished yet to fear (them) is something other than what's expected. I think we'll simply be zeroing in on our game and what we need to do and not actually be pestered and stressed a lot over the resistance and their set of experiences." 


With his group not used to playing on a fake pitch, which is something they'll need to manage in Lubumbashi, McCarthy added it was imperative to go to DRC conveying a positive outcome from home. 

Source: https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/sport/2021-10-10-benni-mccarthy-sets-sights-on-tp-mazembe/

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