An ecstatic Benni McCarthy had high praise for his AmaZulu side after they demolished his former club Cape Town City 5-1 in their DStv Premiership clash at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday.
Usuthu moved to within a point of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, albeit having played two games more, with their biggest away win since a 4-0 thrashing of Swallows FC in 2011.It also inflicted a record club defeat on Cape Town City, the first time the team had conceded five goals.
“Huge respect and a lot of love for my players, to go and do that to one of the best footballing teams in the country is amazing,” McCarthy says. “Cape Town City are a fabulous team, a good footballing team that scores a lot of goals, they make life difficult for so many teams.
“Today we made them look average, so these boys of mine don’t know what they are achieving and slowly but surely accomplishing. They are on the brink of making history, for the first AmaZulu team to go so many games unbeaten.
“I am super proud of this team and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together. There are still six games to go, I hope we maintain our focus and stay humble. Just because we won today doesn’t mean we have achieved anything yet.
“But I am proud of each and every player in this team. We played the perfect game, despite conceding a goal and giving a soft penalty away, but that being said, we were excellent, our work ethic was great. Our desire and hunger to achieve was incredible.
“One day, when I am an old man sitting on my porch, I will always remember this AmaZulu team and how proud I was and what these players have achieved individually and as a team.
“But on Saturday we go again against Golden Arrows and we look forward to that.”
If Usuthu win at the weekend, they could not only top the table but move seven points clear of third-placed Golden Arrows and almost certainly ensure Caf Champions League football next season.