Benni McCarthy explains Phakamani Mahlambi’s absence at AmaZulu


Durban – Benni McCarthy has explained why on-loan Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Phakamani Mahlambi is battling for game time at AmaZulu, saying the speedy, nimbi-footed winger has to work harder in order to earn his spot in the high-flying Durban club.

McCarthy was answering questions after he steered Usuthu to an impressive 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday, a victory that cemented AmaZulu’s position in the top half of the DStv Premiership.

“I’m not a person who has anything against anyone‚” McCarthy started‚ answering a question on Mahlambi’s lack of game time since joining AmaZulu at the beginning of the 2020-21 campaign.

“I think players have to pace themselves and with me it’s hard work over talent and I’ve said that all the time.

“You know if you have talent in abundance you have to match that with hard work. And if I don’t see players give me what I’m looking for and there are players willing to sweat blood and tears‚ I’m going for that.

“So players need to understand that you need to work hard. You can have all the talent in the world but you still have to work hard.”

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