By Phumzile Ngcatshe
With media speculation rife that former Kaizer Chiefs skipper Siphiwe Tshabalala could be offloaded by AmaZulu, coach Benni McCarthy responds to the claims.
The all-time Bafana Bafana striker says he cannot focus on one player but confirms they will be parting ways with a number of campaigners as he aims to bolster his ranks.‘Shabba’ is yet to make his mark under McCarthy at Usuthu since he joined the Durban-based club at the beginning of the current term.
“To be honest with you I can’t remember the list [of players to be offloaded] because I’ve done the list from the first week or two, I don’t have a list in front of me to know which players were on that list,”
McCarthy told the media.”For me, it’s also for respect for players that you don’t want to make it public, so I’m looking to offload players because working with a big squad is just frustrating and hard, and you don’t get out the best of the players.
“You can’t focus on every player because the squad is too big, the quality gets missing because you can’t pay attention to details.
“So yeah there’s a big list of players that asked to be released to seek opportunities and that is true, but the names I can’t disclose with you.”
According to the latest media reports, players such as Somila Ntsundwana, Sibusiso Magaqa, and Ntuthuko Madela have already been released and joined other clubs.Meanwhile, former Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns striker Phakamani Mahlambi, Mario Booysen, and Andre De Jong are among those whose futures are still uncertain in KwaZulu-Natal.
Having spent almost two years without a football home, the 2010 Fifa World Cup star joined AmaZulu as one of the marquee signings made by new president Sandile Zungu under former coach Ayanda Dlamini.Fresh from a 4-3 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in the DStv Premiership last week.