- Manqoba Mngqithi has praised the influence Benni McCarthy has had on AmaZulu after their top-of-the-table clash on Wednesday.
- The feisty DStv Premiership match ended in a goalless draw with Sundowns maintaining their six-point gap over Usuthu.
- AmaZulu next face TS Galaxy on Saturday while Sundowns meet Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday.
Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has hailed the progress of AmaZulu under the tutelage of mentor and Bafana Bafana legend Benni McCarthy.
The two DStv Premiership sides locked horns on Wednesday afternoon in a feisty top-of-the-table clash at King Zwelithini Stadium.
The match ended goalless with Sundowns holding firmly onto the first position. In contrast, AmaZulu dropped to third place on goal difference, with Golden Arrows snatching second spot after they beat SuperSport United.
Speaking to the media after the match, Mngqithi, who recently said that he recommended McCarthy for the AmaZulu job, says that the 43-year-old has done a sterling job with guiding the KwaZulu-Natal side out of relegation to vying for league credentials.
"Coming to Benni, I know the quality of the coach. I wish him all the best in football because I believe he's very passionate," said Mngqithi.
"And with that kind of passion, you can always expect that a team coached by someone giving his all, has a chance.
"You can see how much of an improvement he has made in this AmaZulu team in a short space of time. Credit should be given to him and the team.
"The team also works very hard, their counter-pressing is very, very powerful, and their high press… they scored some incredible goals because of their high press.
"I believe Benni is getting this team right, and the people of this province should be happy that they have AmaZulu competing in the way they do, they have Golden Arrows competing in the way they do, and Maritzburg have come back stronger."
Usuthu are back in action on Saturday against TS Galaxy while Masandawana face Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday.