AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy believes three points from their two remaining matches in their remarkable DStv Premiership campaign shall be ample to look them finish second behind champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
McCarthy’s crew suffered a 1-0 defeat to Orlando Pirates in an emotionally-charged match at Orlando Stadium on Thursday.
Afterwards McCarthy criticised the match officials‚ led by referee Siyabulela Qunta‚ for their handling of the tie‚ saying “we had been outplayed by the referees”.
“Nonetheless I’m able to’t fault my crew for commitment and effort. Orlando Pirates didn’t play as good as to eradicate all three points. Nonetheless in football it occurs usually.
“We dwell to lick our wounds‚ however now we want to employ ourselves up.”
Gabadinho Mhango’s blooming free-kick offered the Buccaneers’ 76th-minute winner. Despite the loss in the match that ended with McCarthy’s heated substitute with Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer‚ Usuthu’s coach insisted his crew’s possibilities to qualify for subsequent season’s Caf Champions League remain very distinguished heading in the exact route.
“We weren’t at our handiest‚ but we weren’t the worst crew on the pitch‚” acknowledged McCarthy‚ whose facet are aloof in second area on the log regardless of suffering a second successive loss.
“We eradicate it [the defeat] with a pinch of salt — we’ll look merit and go and analyse and we look forward to our subsequent two matches, in consequence of finishing second in the league aloof is dependent on us and no person else.
“We own to be certain in the following two games we’re extra clinical and we begin the match better. With a win or two wins we’ll finish second. One win and we aloof finish second.
“So the total efforts that Pirates and everybody else own completed are going to be in vain in consequence of we handiest want one win from two games now.”
McCarthy’s calculation used to be off the designate despite the indisputable reality that, in consequence of their loss to Pirates manner AmaZulu can aloof finish behind Bucs if Usuthu win only one of their two remaining matches, against Swallows FC on Wednesday and Maritzburg United on June 5.
AmaZulu are currently on 50 points and four forward of Pirates‚ who own three matches remaining and can finish with 55 in the occasion that they win all of them.