The former Bafana Bafana striker is confident that Usuthu will make a mark in the next issue of the Africa Club Competition
AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy has boldly claimed that his team can go a step further than Kaizer Chiefs did in the last Caf Champions League campaign.
Usuthu are making their first appearance in the African continental competition this season after finishing second in the PSL during the 2020-21 season.
AmaZulu collected 54 points to finish second on the standings, 13 less than champion Mamelodi Sundowns, while Orlando Pirates was third on 50 points.
With a ticket to the lucrative competition secured, the former Bafana Bafana striker is confident they have the need to do better than Amakhosi and win the competition.
The Soweto giants reached their first ever final in the final competition, but were beaten 3-0 by Al Ahly of Egypt, who retained the title.
What did McCarthy say?
‘No respect for anyone, for Kaizer Chiefs or anyone, but I think that if we can reach the final of the Caf Champions League, better, why not? McCarthy posed a question as quoted by disksime.
‘And I really do not mean it for someone disrespectful, but we challenge ourselves every day and we think we have what it takes, and they are a fantastic club, they are a fantastic club.
‘In the interior, they showed us what they were capable of, and then they did it internationally. We have shown what we can do in the interior, and now we have the opportunity to go international, and we want to go better.
“The players who come in, we think, will give us the small lead.”
McCarthy further revealed that they are not going into the competition to fill in the numbers, but to compete and win the eventual prize.
“The president said it; we do not go in there to fill in the numbers, to add to the numbers, we go in there because we consider ourselves claimants, ”McCarthy continues.
‘Because I did what we did last year to finish second in the league and what Kaizer Chiefs did in the league and then finished the runner-up in the Champions League, I think we have a great chance of the whole to reach road. ”
AmaZulu unveiled their new signings on Tuesday, including Keagan Buchanan and Mxolisi Kunene, South Africa captain Tercious Malepe, former Chiefs defender Philani Zulu, Gambian international Matarr Ceesay, Tshepang Moremi and Lindani Shange.