Furman: SSU to make MTN8 amends
Posted: 11 August 2017 Time: 12:18
SuperSport United captain Dean Furman says the team are determined to make up for their MTN8 shortcomings last term, starting against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.
The last time the two teams met in was in the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup, where United won the game 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw after extra time at FNB Stadium.
“Preparations [for the MTN8] have been good. We didn’t have much of an off season, but that’s something that we have to come to terms with and pretty much get over [it],” Furman told the media at the Premier Soccer League offices.
“We have a few days [off from work] which was good, we got away and it was back to business. It’s back to training, working with the new coach [Eric Tinkler] and taking on board his philosophy and his tactics – and that’s what we’ve been getting use to in the last few weeks and getting ready for this MTN8 game.
“For us the MTN8 was the only competition really that we didn’t have a good run last season. We got to the final of the Telkom [Knockout], we won the Nedbank [Cup] and if we look into Africa we are in the quarterfinals of the [CAF] Confederation Cup and we went nearly all the way in the League.
“So, the MTN8 we lost to [Mamelodi] Sundowns and that was our one real disappointment in terms of having a go in all competitions [last season] and that’s something we want to put right this time around.
Furman adds that when the two sides meet on Saturday night at Moses Mabhida Stadium they won’t be an underdog.
“Is there an underdog? I don’t know. We finished fifth and they finished fourth. So, does that make us the underdog? We two competitive teams with big aspirations, we two teams that want to be successful and we two teams that have top players. So, can you call one the underdog?
“I’m not too sure. So, I don’t really look into the underdog thing. Once you out there on the pitch you up against your man and it’s eleven against eleven. We are desperate to continue on in this competition so we don’t want to look at the underdog or going as favourites as that can [also] put a lot of pressure on you.
“We going to the game full of confidence, we are going to the game knowing that we’ve got passed Chiefs in cup competitions in the past and we are going to the ground that holds great memories for us and we are looking to get into the semi-finals.
Amakhosi will host Matsatsantsa at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night, with kick off set for 20:15.