Dean Furman says SuperSport United would be "devastated" if Stuart Baxter left for Bafana
Posted: 17 March 2017 Time: 17:23
SuperSport United captain Dean Furman admits losing head coach Stuart Baxter to Bafana Bafana would be “devastating” for the club’s future ambitions.
Baxter has been tipped with a possible return to the South Africa national team hot seat, a post he previously held in 2005 before he was sacked after Bafana failed to qualify for theWorld Cup in Germany the following year.
After Matsatsantsa progressed to the Nedbank Cup last-16 by beating NFD side Royal Eagles this week, Baxter was coy on the claims he was amongst the favourites to succeed Ephraim Mashaba as Bafana coach, stating he would leave the decision up to SuperSport United.
Furman has been a pillar of strength this season for the Tshwane giants, who have lost just once in the Absa Premiership after 20 matches, but admits Baxter’s potential departure would come as a big blow to their progression as a club.
"That is the tough question and if there can be two Stuart Baxters then that'll be ideal," jokes Furman.
The skipper did, however, admit the situation was no laughing matter, adding: “The coach has been unbelievable since he came in and he has put the team together in beating all fronts.
"The players love coming in [to training sessions] every day and improving as a team, improving as individuals and obviously we'll be devastated to see him go. My hope is that he's staying for a very long time."
SuperSport will host Al Ahly Shendi of Sudan in the CAF Confederation Cup in the second leg in Pretoria on Sunday needing to overturn the 3-2 deficit they suffered away from home last week.
And former Bafana Bafana captain Furman, who missed United’s trip to Sudan last week, says the two goals scored away hold a big advantage for his side, and is confident they'll progress to the group stages of the competition for the first time in the club’s history.
"It'll be tough and obviously they [Al Ahly Shendi] had the home advantage. In Africa we know that is the big thing, we know it's difficult to travel," he added.
"The [SuperSport United] squad traveled two flights and I think then they traveled three hours from the hotel to the stadium.
"The pitch wasn't up to the standard that we’re used to and obviously they used their home advantage and obviously they got the victory but these two away goals are massive, and we hope when they come to Atteridgeville on Sunday we can overturn them."
Kick-off on Sunday at the Lucas Moripe Stadium is 18h00.