Saturday Aug 07, 2021. 10:00
AmaZulu manager Benni McCarthy has boldly predicted that his team could be contenders in their maiden CAF Champions League campaign.
The Durban side will make their tournament debut in the CAFCL when the 2021-22 edition of the continental tournament gets underway, having finished as runners-up to Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa’s top-flight DStv Premiership last season.
With SA’s Kaizer Chiefs having got as far as the final of the last CAFCL (where they were ultimately outclassed by champions Al Ahly), McCarthy has confidence that AmaZulu will shine in African club competition.
“We’re going there because we see ourselves as contenders… because if what we did last season and finished second in the league and what Chiefs done in the league and then finished runners-up in Champs League, I think we’ve got a hell of a shot at even going all the way,” said McCarthy, as quoted by Sowetan Live.
“If Chiefs can reach the final of the Champs League, we can go one better, why not? I am genuinely not meaning to be disrespectful to anybody, but I think we challenge ourselves every single day and we think we got what it takes.”
Before Usuthu can consider their CAFCL campaign, they will get their domestic season underway with an MTN8 quarterfinal against McCarthy’s former team, Cape Town City, next Sunday 15 August, followed by their opening DStv Premiership clash away to Sundowns on Friday 20 August.