McCarthy: AmaZulu will not give up on the league title

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Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)
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AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy has made it clear his men will continue pushing themselves to close the gap to DStv Premiership leaders Sundowns.

Masandawana currently enjoy a six-point lead at the top of the standings, and also have two games in hand over AmaZulu.

However, McCarthy is determined to keep plugging away in an attempt to close the gap and put pressure on the defending champions in the closing stages of the season.

Usuthu face TS Galaxy at Kings Park Stadium on Saturday.

"We want to push Sundowns as far as we can‚ put them under pressure and see if they will continue to do so well‚" McCarthy said.

"If they win the league, we will congratulate them for the championship, but you know it is not over until it's over. We are challenging ourselves every day to be better and to get to a level where we can be happy within ourselves.

"If you look at the difference between our squad and that of Sundowns‚ they have quality‚ strength and everything. Competing against them is extremely difficult, but when we play against them, we don't look at those aspects that happen outside the pitch.

"We look at 11 players against 11, where the ones with the biggest hearts‚ the most desire and the willingness will take the fight to the other. That's how we look at things, and the performance against them on Wednesday showed that we didn't have respect for the opposition.

"We believe that we can compete with them because we are sharing the pitch‚ and I think we have what it takes to compete, but they are in a better position. They are six points ahead of us, and they have two games in hand, but the situation can change in the coming days."

He added: "We are making good progress‚ you must remember I never had preseason with this team. I never had the opportunity to instil the mindset and the mentality because I got them a quarter way into the season. I had to quickly turn things around, and it has been good.

"I would still love to have a full preseason to work on things so that we can be a more technical team like Sundowns‚ who are a well-oiled machine because they have been together for so long. The progress that we show means that we are going in the right direction.

"I joined the race late, and I am trying to finish it, but I want to see [what happens] next season where I can have the same start as anyone else. Then it will be fair to ask me if I can challenge for the league."

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