Dean Furman targets win over Sundowns as he eyes Absa Premiership title
Posted: 12 April 2017 Time: 13:07
SuperSport United captain Dean Furman says the Tshwane derby against Mamelodi Sundowns could be a crucial decider for their league title hopes this season.
SuperSport, who are gunning for their fourth league crown in the club's history, saw their 19-game unbeaten run brought to an abrupt halt as they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to then-bottom-of-the-table Baroka earlier this month.
Matsatsantsa fell just short of beating the record set by Stuart Baxter's Kaizer Chiefs in the 2014/15 season, after going unbeaten since their defeat to Platinum Stars on the opening day of the 2016/17 league campaign.
Furman admitted their disappointment at the defeat to Bakgaga but expressed his delight at the way the team responded in their Nedbank Cup tie against ABC Motsepe League side KwaDukuza United last week, as well as the 0-0 draw in their CAF Confederation Cup play-off first leg against Barrack Young Controllers.
"We're bitterly disappointed with our last [league] game, losing to Baroka, especially after the run we had been on and not losing since the first day of the season," said Furman.
"But that's football for you; that's sport for you; it goes up and down. For us it was about recovering quickly and we got a good victory over a difficult side in the Nedbank Cup.
"The boys then went over to Liberia and brought back a positive result for us in our qualification for the CAF [Confederation Cup] group stages.
He added: "Come Thursday night, we'll be ready. We know how important this game is for our Absa Premiership aspirations. We want to get back up to the top of the table and we'll definitely be going for the win."
The Bafana Bafana midfielder has called on the SuperSport supporters as well as the people of Tshwane to come and enjoy a spectacle between two clubs with "some of the top players in the country".
"We want the stadium to be as full as possible, our SuperSport fans have been unbelievable for us this season, they've followed us up and down the country," said the Cape Town-born midfielder.
"Nothing will give them more pride than a victory in the derby, so we'll be out there fighting with everything that we've got to make our fans proud on Thursday night.
"We also hope that the people of the city come and support the game. I think throughout both teams we've got some of the top players in the country at the moment, and hopefully we can put on a great spectacle."