Dean Furman rallies SuperSport for Nedbank Cup clash with Kaizer Chiefs after Sundowns losses
Posted: 21 April 2017 Time: 11:30
Dean Furman admits morale in the SuperSport United dressing room dipped after two straight defeats to Mamelodi Sundowns but he feels what matters most is quickly getting out of that space.
The only way to get out of that hole will be to get past the hurdle posed by Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals as they seek to end the season with silverware and defend a trophy they won last season.
With their chances in the league going up in smoke the importance of the Nedbank cannot be stressed enough.
“We have a difficult game against Chiefs especially considering that we haven’t had the best of results in recent weeks but we know that we can win it. We won last year and we want to defend our title and as the coach says we are looking to go all the way,” says Furman.
“Since we have lost to our rivals twice in a week and then also lost to Baroka, in terms of that there is a lot of frustration and disappointment. On the flip side within that period we have moved on to the next stage of the Nedbank Cup and have qualified for the group stages of the CAF competition. So while there has been frustrations there have also been positives. With the amount of fixtures and the way our season is penning out at the moment there is not too much time to dwell on the disappointments.
“We have to get over the disappointments quicker because we have a season defining game against Chiefs on Saturday so there is no time to be down, hurting and hating on life. It is a game of football and we lost the game in a critical phase [against Sundowns] and that is something that we have been extremely good at this season. The way we conceded against Sundowns is not like us. But we will learn from it very quickly and come Saturday we are hoping to put it right and move on to the next stage of the Nedbank,” he says.
The Bafana Bafana midfielder adds that while aware of the damage that their recent slump has done to their title aspirations he feels they still have a lot to play for.
“We have dropped away slightly over the past month but for us we are still playing the top three or three of the top four and we will have a big say in what happens in the PSL. We want to finish as high as possible and if we can’t win it let's finish second and if we can’t finish second let’s finish third. To say we are throwing away the flag is absolutely not the case because we are professionals. We will still play [Bidvest] Wits, Chiefs and Cape Town City so we still have a lot to play for this season.”