SuperSport United skipper Dean Furman targets Mazembe scalp in CAF Confederation Cup
Posted: 3 June 2017 Time: 11:50
SuperSport United captain Dean Furman says the team is determined to get a result against Congolese giants TP Mazembe in the CAF Confederation Cup after a 'disappointing' end to their PSL campaign.
SuperSport will battle the Ravens in Lubumbashi on Sunday afternoon for control of Group D, with both sides on four points in the second-tier continental tournament.
Matsatsantsa, who will be minus coach Stuart Baxter while he oversees his Bafana Bafana duties, enter the tie on the back of a morale-boosting 5-3 win over CF Mounana, while Mazembe were held 1-1 away to Horoya AC.
Furman admits the Nedbank Cup holders and finalists were unsatisfied with the climax of their Premiership campaign, which saw them finish fifth after a 1-0 home loss to Platinum Stars on May 27.
The Bafana Bafana midfielder told his club's website: "There is an overall feeling of disappointment with the way the PSL finished for us. We are disappointed with the final stage of the season and how we fell away from the title chase, but there are many positives to take from the season and things to work on to become better next year.
"We are very frustrated with some of our results and performances over the course of the season, including the Platinum Stars game. Both of the games against Platinum Stars were similar in that they scored and then sat back to protect their lead for long periods. Ultimately, we couldn’t get a goal back and this is an area we must improve on next season.
"We are not happy with finishing on the fifth spot. We were in a great position to challenge right until the end and ultimately we fell a little bit short. There are many reasons behind this and we will be aiming to finish higher next season.
"Being involved with CAF and going all the way in both the Telkom Knockout and Nedbank Cup, added to an already unbalanced schedule in the second half of the season. This, along with the many injuries we sustained throughout the season definitely put a strain of the squad, and may have shown in our performances in the final stages.
"The win in Gabon was a great one. Scoring five goals away from home is a great achievement. The team was excellent going forward on the day and it has given us a lot of confidence in the tournament.
"TP Mazembe is going to be a big game for us. We know they are one of the great teams in Africa, but we are going out there to prove that we can compete with these big teams and hopefully be better than them.
"The squad is looking very strong. This has been the first time in a while we haven’t had a midweek game, so we have had a small chance to have some added rest and recovery from our busy schedule. We are close to a full squad and it’s great to see Cole Alexander back in full training. We hope he is not too far off full match fitness and his return will be a huge boost to the squad in this very important month.
"We hope we can go to the DRC and come back with a result. That would put us in a great position to qualify for the next stage."