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NEWS: McCarthy proud of his charges after CAF Champions League qualification

AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy praised the strong “mentality” of his players as they progressed in the CAF Champions League.

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AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy praised the strong "mentality" of his players as they progressed in the CAF Champions League.

Two women looking excitedly at cellphone

Usuthu claimed their place in the Group Stage of the competition by defeating TP Mazembe on the away goals rule.

McCarthy’s side drew their first leg 0-0 before a 1-1 away tie at the Stade TP Mazembe on Saturday.

Bongi Ntuli netted in the 38th minute ahead of a 90th minute leveller from Adam Nzali.

Speaking after the game, McCarthy said on IOL: “Today I saw heart and personality and arrogance. I saw a group of players that were not afraid mentally.

“It was also the first time we played on astroturf. These players will go down in history for what they did today, beating the five-times champions of Africa.”

The AmaZulu boss added: “Sometimes I’m a tough coach and a tough father figure, but this is because I want the best for my players. I think they need to be more focused and concentrated, because you cannot have the quality that we have and then be mediocre.

“When I’m critical of my team, it’s because I don’t want them to lower their standards. I want them to realise that they have a short career but must make the most of it.”

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