Benni McCarthy back in the 18 area as head coach of ambitious AmaZulu

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Benni McCarthy has made a long-awaited return to South African football after being unveiled on Monday as the new head coach of ambitious AmaZulu with the Durban-based side aiming for a new dawn of success.

"I'm back in the 18 area guys," McCarthy said on his return as he was unveiled as the club's new head coach by owner Sandile Zungu.

McCarthy replaces the outgoing Ayanda Dlamini who vacated his post to take up a role within the club's academy after overseeing just one win from the opening six games in the DSTV Premiership.

"Benni is in the 18 area of Usuthu," Zungu added.

"I'm sure you'll agree with me that when you want to build an inspirational brand that we want AmaZulu to become we've got to demonstrate that.

"And that is with our technical team and in particular our head coach. Benni McCarthy is associated with aspiration.

"We want to build and develop young players who want to play for AmaZulu Football Club because among other things would say they want to be coached by Benni McCarthy.

"Also players will say 'I want to play for Bafana Bafana because I will be associated with someone who has done so much for the brand of Bafana Bafana'".

McCarthy thanked the club for showing faith in him as a coach while confirming his commitment to bringing the club success.

"It didn't take a lot of convincing for me to join this club, McCarthy said. "When somebody speaks to you about not changing the football players lives at the club at the moment but the ones to come, the future.

"To improve South African football because of the amount of talent that we have in this country.

"How can I not be a part of such a club who has those aspirations.

"I'm excited to identify and give an opportunity like I had that enabled me to have the career that I had to other young players and to develop them at a club like AmaZulu," said McCarthy.

McCarthy confirmed that he was committed to guiding the club to a new era of success and was aiming to compete with the best teams in the country and contest for league honours.

The 43-year-old's first assignment as new head coach will a league clash be against Golden Arrows on Wednesday.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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