Relations between Benni McCarthy and his players at AmaZulu FC are so tense that it is only a matter of time before it erupts into a public brawl, a Phakaaathi source has claimed.
Apparently things have gone from bad to worse in recent weeks as McCarthy is also unhappy at the club and his attitude is evident.
“People are going to train as if they were going to an office job on Monday. The atmosphere that used to be there is gone. Everyone just wants to do their job as quietly and quickly as possible so they can get out of there and go home.
“That’s why the results don’t come, especially in the DStv Premiership. In the Champions League, the players play for themselves, to make a name for themselves at the continental level and it has nothing to do with coaches or anyone else,” said a source.
The relationship between McCarthy and the club’s management has also soured that they keep their distance and only communicate when they have to and it is now kept strictly professional.
“That’s why you hardly see them in competitions these days. The Zungus would take to the field and celebrate with the team when we won or comfort them when things didn’t go well… But now they don’t,” said the source.
Another source claimed the final blow to Sandile Zungu was when he spoke out about Siyethemba Sithebe never playing for his team after signing a pre-contract with Kaizer Chiefs, only for McCarthy to contradict him.
“That fueled the tension because Zungu assumed Benni would not take instructions from him and do things his own way,” the source said.